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I agree that women got the right to vote because of World War One, for a number of reasons.

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I agree that women got the right to vote because of World War One, for a number of reasons. Firstly, both the suffragettes and the suffragists suspended their campaigns to help out in the war effort which pleased many people as source J illustrates "for three years now the suffragettes have not restarted that horrible campaign of violence". Women changed their slogan to "we demand the right to serve" and even led a demonstration to parliament. Women started to urge people to enrol by organising groups such as the order of the white feathers who gave white feathers to men who didn't enrol showing them to be cowards and the mothers union who urged mothers to let their sons go and fight in the war by making posters. Also, women started to work to replace the men that had gone off to fight in the war. They worked in many different industries as source J says "they have contributed to every service during this war except that of fighting". ...read more.

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These were nurses who risked their lives to go to the western front to help injured soldiers or stay with the soldiers who were dieing until their last breath. By doing this women showed that they were compassionate but not too emotional as men had though earlier and that women could work in extremely difficult situations under pressure which helped convince people to change their minds on women getting the vote. Before the war the large majority of men had a negative attitude towards women getting the vote and thought women were irresponsible, mainly because of the suffragettes' violent campaign. So it is clear that the work women did during World War One got women the vote as source I describes "During the four years of conflict a tremendous mood favourable to change had been created". Women were given the right during the end of the war as a reward from the government as source J explains "they have contributed to every service during this war except that of fighting. ...read more.

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Furthermore, women had already made a considerable amount of progress in terms of their legal status and opportunities. In 1870 the 'married women's property act' allowed women to keep their property when they married whereas earlier it would have become the property of her husband. Women had now also got far better education which allowed them to get better jobs. I believe that women would have inevitably got the vote even if the war had not occurred, I think that the war was just a catalyst that gave women a chance to prove themselves which sped up the process of them winning the right to vote as source I states "The question of women's rights must not be isolated from other great social and political changes that were happening as a result of the war and even before the war". Women may not have got the vote as soon as 1918 but it is exceedingly likely that eventually they would have since their progress over the years was gradually increasing. ?? ?? ?? ?? Shershah Assadullah 10T Question 5 ...read more.

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