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How Important was The First World War In Bringing About This Change?

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How Important was The First World War In Bringing About This Change? Although this essay is about women successfully earning the vote in 1918, we must first consider the reasons why they didn't get the vote before the First World War. There were many different reasons why women didn't get the vote, at this time there were three dominating: 1. Asquith Herbert Asquith was Liberal prime minister of Great Britain from 1908 to 1916 and throughout his term as he did and said many things, which suggested that he wasn't in favour of women's suffrage. For instance, in June 1910, Lord Lytton drafted a conciliation bill, which would have given women property owners, the vote. The bill was approved in parliament by the majority of M.P's (299 to 189), but Asquith demolished it by calling for a general election, "This meant that the conciliation bill would have to start from scratch with the new parliament". 2. Society Throughout society, there were many contrasting views surrounding women's suffrage involving both sexes that left the country in a debate, referring back to Asquith he took this ...read more.

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Source material PG 325. Emmeline Pankhurst rallied the Suffragettes into helping in the war effort "There's no point in fighting for the vote if there's no country to vote in". Also Emmeline and her daughter Christabel played important roles as speakers to recruit young men into the army, as did Millicent Fawcett, but was a speaker to rally women "Women, your country needs you... let us show ourselves worthy of citizenship whether our claims be recognised or not". What Contribution Women made To The First World War? Recruitment At the outbreak of war, women were used to recruit. The Government used propaganda to encourage women to persuade their men to volunteer. Those who had been in conflict with the Government prior to the war, such as the Suffragettes, now played an active part in encouraging recruitment, by making a number of speeches in support of the war outlining what men and women could do to help. Some women created the Order of the White Feather in January 1915. ...read more.

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The Political Aspect Of Women And The Vote As we already know, throughout Asquith's term as the Prime Minister he had much to do with women not achieving the vote. However, Asquith resigned in 1916 and David Lloyd George, the former Chancellor Of The Exchequer took his place. Now, before the violence of the suffragettes - in which his house was bombed - David Lloyd George was said to be a supporter of Women's suffrage and now that women had really done themselves justice by rallying in the war effort he now would Really get behind the suffragists saying "I have not the faintest doubt what the vote of the House Of Commons will be." Conclusion The efforts of women in the First World War had changed attitudes over women and their right to vote throughout society. "The vote was won, not by burning churches or damaging pillar boxes, but by women's work in the war, it was not a concession to violence, but an acknowledgement of patriotic service" Charles L. Graves, 1922 Joe Robinson History Coursework On Women Number 2 ...read more.

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