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

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Louise Hewitt Farnborough Hill 58317 Words: 756 Explain why women failed to gain the vote between 1900 and 1914 Women had started to campaign for the vote and in 1900 the vote became more public. The general view in 1900 was that men and woman had different roles in society. Men were strong and born to govern, women were born to be governed and should be kept at home. The view of men was one of the reasons why There are many reasons why the women did not get the vote in 1914, but it was not simply men against women. The most important reason was people's attitudes. Not all women wanted the right to vote. It was the middle class women who stayed at home and looked after the house and children that campaigned to vote, the ones who did not have wealthy husbands and had to depend on themselves. ...read more.

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She, and many other women agreed that they were happy to leave the men to discuss and worry about politics. They saw that giving the vote to women would mean having to give it to all men including the layabouts and riff raff. Women were pure and should be protected from the grubby world of politics. Another reason they did not get the vote was because of the women campaigning themselves. Emmiline Pankhurst was the leader of the suffragettes, tired of being polite to MP's in order to give them the vote she decided violence was the only way. Although this kept the vote in the public eye, and made the government take notice of them, it made people reluctant to give women the vote if this is how they behaved. They also lost some of their supporters because they were embarrassed to belong to violent women. ...read more.

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One of the most important reasons was attitudes of politicians and parties. The woman faced a big problem in trying to persuade an all male government that women should be allowed to vote. The two different parties had different views. The government thought that giving women the vote would only result in everyone voting for the Conservative, as they appealed the wealthy people and most of the women voters would be upper class. For this reason the Conservative leaders wanted to give women the vote, however giving the women the vote was against the Conservative MP's principles. These reasons were all factors for women not getting the vote. The main reason was of the war. Most people including the government had their minds on that, and because this was a more important issue the politicians did not have time to think about giving women the vote. ...read more.

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