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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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