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IT WAS THE WORK THAT THE SOMEN DID DURING THE WAR THAT EARNED THEM THE VOTE(TM) USE SOURCES H, I AND YOUR OWN KNOWLEDGE TO EXPLAIN WHETHER YOU AGREE WITH THIS INTERPETATION

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Q5 IT WAS THE WORK THAT THE SOMEN DID DURING THE WAR THAT EARNED THEM THE VOTE' USE SOURCES H, I AND YOUR OWN KNOWLEDGE TO EXPLAIN WHETHER YOU AGREE WITH THIS INTERPETATION I disagree with the statement because there were other more important reasons for women gaining the vote like the pre war campaigning which gained support of many MPs and the change in mood of the government. I feel that the change in mood of the government is the most important reason for women gaining the vote because it is the government who decide if women should vote and if they stay anti suffrage then women would never have gained the right to vote. One reason why women gained the vote was because of the change in mood of the government as they became more sympathetic towards women suffrage. ...read more.

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Another reason why women gained the vote was because of the campaigning before the war. The suffragists gained support by many MPs. This was a reason why women gained the vote. Also the suffragette's campaign helped to get women the vote because it was so violent that they didn't want them to start again. This is supported in source J when Herbert Asquith says 'the suffragettes have not started that horrible campaign of violence'. This shows that the government where scared that suffragettes might start their campaign and also thankful that they haven't started their campaign. This source strengthens my view because Herbert Asquith knows of the horrific campaign as he was Prime Minister at the time of the campaigning. Also this source is reliable so this strengthens my view. This reason supports my view because it shows us that it was not the war effort that gained women the right to vote but the successful campaigning before the war which showed that women wanted the vote and were sensible enough to vote. ...read more.

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This reason tells us that the reason for women gaining the vote was because of their contribution towards the war. However I feel that this view is incorrect because women were already gaining many supporters and were about to get the vote but the war interrupted their campaign. Overall I disagree with the statement because if it was the war effort which gained women the right to vote then the government would have given women under 30 the vote as well because women under 30 contributed most to the war. This therefore shows that it was not because of the war effort but because of the campaigning before the war and the change in mood of the government. Overall I think that the most portent reason for women gaining the right to vote was because of the change in mood of the government. As they were changed by the war and therefore became more sympathetic towards women and felt that they and done enough to be able to vote. ...read more.

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