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History - question 2 - suffragettes

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Describe the ways in which the methods of the suffragists and suffragettes were different. The main similarity between the suffragists and the suffragettes was their combined effort in the campaigning and fighting for the votes of women. However both groups differed very widely on their views of how to achieve this goal. Whilst the suffragettes believed in "deeds not words", using violent and militant force in a way of gaining the right for women to vote, the suffragists met with politicians and used peaceful and reasoned argument to gain the right to vote, they held meetings issued leaflets and petitioned to campaign for their much deserved rights. ...read more.

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Equally the women who joined each group differed much too, the poor mainly joined the suffragists (N.U.W.S.S) a group who prioritised getting the women equal rights and social standards over the vote for women, equally important to them but not the most important. It became that lower class women were now more likely to join the N.U.W.S.S as the organisation was campaigning for something they wanted and needed to live, whilst many women desired the freedom to vote many more would rather the freedom to work to put food on the table. ...read more.

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The lower class' wanted food on the table the right to work and earn for their family so they were not so bound to marriage, the right to vote was not their top priority. Overall the methods differed greatly between these two organisations whilst the W.S.P.U had the most media attention it was the N.U.W.S.S that got things done their slow, yet successful, conversion of the public view towards the vote for women and their techniques of recruiting the public as well all differed massively from the violent and rebelled actions take by the W.S.P.U. ...read more.

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