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I believe that the most significant person in the history of women is Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Significant women-Emmeline Pankhurst I believe that the most significant person in history of women is Emmeline Pankhurst. Historians disagree about the effect of her activity on public support for the cause of women's votes. However she was widely, criticised for her militant tactics,her work is recognised as a crucial element in achieving women suffrage in Britain. I am going to explain what it means to be significant, a biography of Emmeline Pankhurst, her actions, the long term and short term impacts of her actions, more importantly I am going to conclude the significance of Emmeline Pankhurst in relation to other women. There are many factors to being significant in history. The meaning of significant is important in some way. To be significant I believe you have to be someone, who creates a great change, with a very big impact, that affects a large number of people, or someone who creates a change on government legislations. Someone that can make changes that can change so much more with just one goal. Emmeline Pankhurst born 15th July 1858 was a leading women's rights activist, who led the movement to win the right for women to vote. Born as Emmeline Goulden, raised in Manchester into a family with a tradition of radical politics. ...read more.


They repeatedly did this, catching the attention of the public, getting even more supporters. Eventually arson became a common tactic among WSPU members. This is called the 'cat and mouse act,' introduced in 1913 people on hunger strikes were let out of prison, but then re-arrested when they grew back their strength. Below is a picture to demonstrate her arrests: The 1913 Derby and the act of Emily Wilding Davison shocked but also outraged the society. There were groups of people who believed, she committed suicide, nevertheless others believed, that she was attempting to pin a suffragette banner on the kings horse, but ended up in a tragic accident. They're are proof of both hypothesis for example; before the horse game, information was collected that she had bought a return train ticket back home, however they're is proof of her trying to commit suicide for example; Emily Wilding Davison wanted to raise a profile for the suffragettes, maybe this is what she was suggesting. The period of militancy was ended abruptly on the outbreak of war in 1914, when Emmeline turned her energies to supporting the war. In 1918, women had made their point, while doing all the men's jobs while they were away at war, employers saw that woman could do men's jobs without difficulty and without and training, which meant that they would ...read more.


She most probably would've been doing a very small job or some house job if it weren't for Emmeline Pankhurst. Government legislations would've been different now if it weren't for Emmeline. Lets use another person, for example, Emily Wilding Davison. Both women were from the same time period, so what make Emmeline more significant then Emily? I must admit that Emily Wilding Davison's death triggered the vote for women greatly. However if Emmeline Pankhurst never brought up the idea of trying to fight for women's equal rights to vote the maybe Emily mightn't not died this way and triggered the decision of women votes so greatly. Emmeline is definitely the most significant related to other woman because she created a change, that her actions and ways now still stand to this very day. She ticks all the boxes of what makes a significant person, but not only that but she has changed a government legislation that has changed whole lot more with it, for example, the way people think nowadays, education, jobs etc... By finally getting the vote just after she died, it meant politicians had to listen to the views of women, which then led to a more fairer peaceful Britain for women to live in, more importantly a more fairer place for the future children of Britain to live in. By Nilema Nasrine 9.2 ...read more.

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