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I intend to examine the circumstances that led to a campaign for votes for women. The main factor was the change in how women viewed themselves and their roles in society.

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Aime� Allam History Coursework: Votes For Women (1,585 Words) Question 1 I intend to examine the circumstances that led to a campaign for votes for women. The main factor was the change in how women viewed themselves and their roles in society. Other contributing factors were that women had few legal rights and began to read news of how women were treated better abroad. Firstly, let us consider the way in which women were viewed. A woman's place was in the home where her role was been predominantly domestic. Docility, timidity and submissiveness were seen as highly attractive attributes in a wife. This was considered as the normal course of events. There were some women who agreed with and even embraced this stereotype, such as Mrs. Sandford who said in 1837 that 'Women are like children, the more they show they need looking after, the more attractive they are.' However, some women began to feel unfairly treated and realised that they were unable to fulfil their potential in life. These views were met with stern opposition from men: 'Woman, as mother, sweetheart, inspirer and friend, man accepts and welcomes. But once she begins to invade his province... ...read more.


They targeted known opposing MPs, destroyed their property, shouted insults at them and generally made life difficult for them. Members of the NUWSS wrote letters to the press outlining why women should be enfranchised. The WSPU took to getting in the newspapers not by writing in, but by bombing churches and pouring chemicals into post-boxes. In 1913 the arson campaign reached new heights. The Suffragettes began setting railway stations, cricket pavilions and golf clubhouses on fire. In the space of 7 days the Suffragettes had managed to cause damage to property worth �17,200, according to the Morning Post in 1913. The Suffragettes used to chain themselves to the railings near Downing Street to get the attention of passing MPs and the press. The Suffragists used propaganda as a way of publicising their cause. Some Suffragettes had been arrested and then treated badly by the police. The suffrage movement outside would have used this in propaganda to try to gain the vote. They exaggerated and twisted the truth and obtained public sympathy for it. The peak of the Suffragettes campaign came when Marion Dunlop became the first woman to go on hunger strike and be released as a result. ...read more.


There were a few women who demonstrated such notable heroism, that they won the nation's heart. For example, the Two Madonnas of Pervyse, who were two nurses that went out and set up a first aid post just behind the front line fighting, or Margery Corbett Ashby who ran an entire primary school. It was also the undertaking of difficult manual jobs by women that showed the country that, bar fighting, there was no limit to what women could do. Women took strenuous jobs such as unloading coal and ship-building and quietly got on with it. This threw out the stereotype that women were physically weak and emotionally frail. In conclusion, all of these jobs proved to the country and, more importantly, the government, that women were men's equals. However, I believe that what had the greatest impact on their cause, was the fact that they had a common enemy: Germany. The Suffrage movement was no longer against the government, but united with it against the enemy. The final major step was when Herbert Asquith, the prime minister openly opposed to female suffrage, finally announced his support. Evelyn Sharp said that women, 'By their four years war work, ...did prove the fallacy of the argument that women had no right to a voice in questions of peace and war because they took no part in it. ...read more.

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