• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How successful was the campaign for women's suffrage between c1900 & 1914?

Extracts from this document...


How successful was the campaign for women's suffrage between c1900 & 1914? In the late 1800's a group called the suffragists were formed lead by Miss Millicent Fawcett. Their aims were based around women's suffrage to gain the vote and enable women to choose their own MP's. The party used peaceful campaign methods in the hope of achieving a majority vote in Parliament. However, lack of success frustrated many followers and a decade later, Miss Emmeline Pankhurst founded a new campaigning organisation, the Suffragettes. The policies of the Suffragettes were largely based around violent methods of protest, in order to make the government take notice. People threw stones through windows, slashed pictures and chained themselves to railings. As a result many of the Suffragettes were thrown in prison. Many went on hunger strikes, in the hope of the Liberal Government taking notice. ...read more.


In other ways, some people considered the Suffragettes a 'nuisance' and would therefore consider the Act one of the only ways to deal with the extremists. In conclusion this source was both successful and unsuccessful in its use. Source 12 shows police arresting a Suffragette who has chained herself to the railings of Buckingham Palace, May 1914. The purpose of the source was to show people what the Suffragettes were like in their protesting. From my own knowledge I know that the source was not in Suffragette favour in the respect that it shows them using violent methods of protest. On the other hand, however, the picture does raise sympathy for the Suffragette in the viscous manner in which the policeman handles her. It also provides publicity for them, by getting them in the public eye. This source is both successful and unsuccessful to the campaign for women's suffrage. ...read more.


The more the government suffer, the less likely they will be to grant female suffrage. This source shows the unsuccessful side to the Suffragette campaign, by using violence people were even more opposed to the idea of giving women the vote as through their acts nothing would be achieved. This was even the view of the Suffragists who feared the Suffragettes were the worst enemy of gaining women the vote. In conclusion, I think many of the protests and posters the groups produced worked in their favour gaining them the publicity they craved. However, despite both parties campaigning towards the same aim their methods lead to great conflict. Posters and meetings were successful yet didn't gain enough of the publics attention, whilst violence gave a false representation of women in the public eye. With both parties in conflict, neither could be truly successful until they learnt to join together and work as a unit. Claire Sladen 11L Women's Suffrage Campaign ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Britain 1905-1951 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Britain 1905-1951 essays

  1. How Successful Was Daniel Kleinman in meeting the brief of the Charity?

    the same time still highlight the brutality of the issue, both physically and mentally. I feel this is achieved, and that the advert manages to tactfully show how sinister and malevolent the situation is through using effective scenery, expressions, or even silence itself; and therefore illustrates how isolated and mute the victim is.

  2. Why did a campaign for women's suffrage develop in the years after 1870?

    Pankhurst led a thirty-thousand strong "Right to Work" march in London at the beginning of The War), and the more conventional, tory minded people in Britain recognized that the Suffragettes had ended their militant campaign for the good of the country.

  1. Why did a campaign for Women’s suffrage develop in the years after 1870?

    However, with all news of the paper proprietors being male, the stories would usually condemn the women's action. E.g. the Times wrote a report reading: 'Reckless fanaticism - not regarded as qualification for the franchise'. It is basically using their violent behaviour was proof that it would be impractical to give them the vote.

  2. To What extent was Britain a Democracy by 1914

    p4����=��)va)]U ��"���@3/472�ê[l"��`b�1/4z�?��� ���F3/4��/ `�`3/4��'�`��W �a-�;] �Q�'�0�̸-�...8�c|�caz��ñ¦§µ'��W+#�IT]��u(tm)�O�JnO� ��?y��*M�(r)�� endstream endobj 5 0 obj 2699 endobj 2 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Resources 6 0 R /Contents 4 0 R /MediaBox [0 0 282.8225 400] >> endobj 6 0 obj << /ProcSet [ /PDF /Text ] /ColorSpace <<

  1. Women's Suffrage

    However - when the Liberals won the general election in 1905, women did not gain suffrage, they had been betrayed after years of hard work and support. Suffragists had also been using other tactics to try and receive enfranchisement. Since 1832 petitions were prepared many times by the suffragists and served on parliament.

  2. Why did a campaign for women's suffrage develop in the years after 1870?

    this meant they were no longer their husbands property and this was a huge step for women. There were also changes in education. The 1870 Education Act made it a legal requirement for all children to receive an education up to the age of 12.

  1. Votes for Women, c. 1900 - 28

    The main reason for the women not getting the right to vote was that men believed women were the 'weaker sex' because they were more "temperamental and prone to outbursts of emotion" and therefore they could not be trusted with the franchise.

  2. Why Had A Strong Feminist Movement Emerged By 1900 And What Had It Achieved.

    Some even went as far as to declare the British political system unjust and unbalanced since it claimed to be a 'representative government' but fewer than half the population were franchised. Women's organisations and divisions within parties gave women an opportunity to prove they possessed the qualities needed to have a role in politics.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work