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Explain why women failed to gain the vote between 1900 and 1914?

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Explain why women failed to gain the vote between 1900 and 1914? Women did not receive the vote between 1900 and 1914 for many different reasons. Women had always been seen as the inferior sex in the Victorian period it was said "we live in a male dominant wolrd"that's why women wanting the vote was seen as a joke in the early 1900s. Women gained legal changes during the 19th century. Advantages such as the custody of Infants Act passed in 1839 allowing mother's parental control over children under 7 and in some cases over 7 years old. However this law only applied if women were not committing adultery. Plus the Married Women's property act was passed, I think this would show women who felt the fight for the vote wasn't developing that women were gradually gaining some freedom. ...read more.

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Opportunities for women opened in work and education, for an example job in department stores although the hours were long and pay was poor it was a symbolism of independence. I also think it gave women the will to learn and achieve. Women working for themselves for once. However better educated women got better job opportunities as they offered more skills. Suffrages did not want all women to gain the vote, but not all women wanted suffrage and not all men wanted the women to fail in their mission to gain the vote. Even though women were seen as fragile, emotional and impulsive to handle the so- called "burden" of the vote. Leader of NUWSS Millicent Fawcent gained MP votes as suffragettes leader Emmeline Pankhurst tried to fight for all women rich or poor, uneducated or skilled however her belief in methods of violence, vandalism and abuse created a rift of rivalry between the suffragists and ...read more.

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In conclusion women did suffer setbacks that contributed to them not getting the vote in 1900-1914 but made steps forward at these times. This kept the momentum going for the vote but they could not change the domination men held and the typecast of them being inferior. Suffragists and suffragettes tried, if not together, separately, in their own ways to make a change and gain the vote but with positive media attention there was a militant campaign which led to negative criticism and doubt if they should or could handle the vote. Politicians made it hard for women as they felt woman gaining the vote would threaten their status, but women did make a difference if not in gaining the vote but in advantages and the steps forward that would later gain the vote which seemed inevitable. I feel though their failure at this time was mainly due to whatever they achieved was not as focused on compared to what they did not achieve losing them the vote between 1900-1914. By Btesam Mounssi ...read more.

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