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Source’s Question : Women’s Right to Vote

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Nick Graham 11WS Source's Question : Women's Right to Vote 1) The main reason why the Suffragettes wanted the vote is that they believed that it was unrationable that women didn't have the vote, even though they had extremely responsible jobs like Mayors and doctors. This source is a very persuasive poster, as it gives examples of the very irresponsible jobs that some men do, such as a brothel keeper and a drunkard. The female jobs that are shown cover a wide range of classes from working class factory workers to the upper class as illustrated by the Mayor. The covenance of the source tells us that the Suffragettes who usually used militant methods wrote it, and this is more characteristic of the Suffragist movement. The examples shown in the source are very biased as they pick out the worst possible jobs that men did. From the source we can learn that women must be able to vote in local elections, as there is a female Mayor. We can also find out that the poster was made at the height of the Suffragette's campaign in 1912 and this tells us that they were willing to try any method to attain the vote. ...read more.

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We know that the Suffragist disapproved of their methods because of source C, and we know there were some women who didn't want the vote at all, like Marie Corelli who wrote source B. Another reason why they hadn't got the vote by WWI is because of the other issues like Anglo-German rivalry, home rule for Ireland and many more like the Rail & Coal strikes of 1911. There was a very fine line between too much headline grabbing and not enough and many of the things the Suffragettes did were over the margin and consequently turned people away. 5) Source F is obviously a piece of propaganda from the government and was made in 1916, the year when conscription was introduced. It shows us that the government wanted women to work, so that it would release more men from their jobs so they could go off to war. The poster makes women look very important to the war effort and persuades them to get jobs; this poster concentrates on munition factories. The words "Enrol at Once" feature on the poster and make it seem urgent that women should work. There is a hint of women can help their husbands (the picture of the man in the background) ...read more.

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He agrees with the above statement, as he doesn't want to look the fool, and give in to the Suffragettes and look weak, and so used the war as an excuse like all the other MPs. He is very vague about what he wants the to get, and is very careful about what he says so that the public opinion doesn't go against him. He gives two main reasons to why they should get the vote; their contribution to the war effort and they have been responsible and not resorting to violence during the war. After the war nearly all women wanted to get the vote because of the confidence they had got in the war, and so the Government would have been put under even more pressure if they didn't give women the vote. Another reason is that women could already vote in local elections, and it was natural progression for them to get the vote in national elections. Women made a huge contribution to the war effort, but it's far too simplistic to say they got the vote due to the war as there were many other reasons for them getting the vote. MPs got off the hook due to the war, as they didn't want to look weak giving into violence, but also didn't want it to start up again after the war. ...read more.

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