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3) Study sources D and E and use your own knowledge. Why, despite the Suffragette activity had women not gained the vote by the outbreak of the First World War? There are many reasons why women didn't get the vote by the outbreak of the First World War. One reason was that they used violent tactics. Some of these violent tactics included smashing the windows of 10 Downing Street, attacking the prime minister (Herbert Asquith) and they also held rallies, one of which had over two hundred women were arrested. Emmeline Pankhurst says in Source D 'Our campaign made women's suffrage a matter of news.' However they were in the news for the wrong reasons. They wanted to be in the news to get publicity so they would get support, which would eventually lead to women gaining the vote. However using violence just made some people think they were hooligans and more of a reason not to give them the vote. ...read more.


Women did not fight wars for their country's so shouldn't have a say as to what goes in wars. 'Women were and are destined to make voters rather than to be voters themselves' as stated in source B by Marie Corelli, as only the undesirable class of women would then have children. In an attempt, to smooth things out the government did bring to parliament Bills that failed. These known as the Conciliation Bills, only given to women in certain circumstances, e.g. owning property etc. The Conciliation Bill, did not get very far as it was attacked because it was believed it would play in to the hands of the conservative party. However, after failing several times mainly to do with Asquith, in June 1912 the Suffrage bill was introduced. Another reason that women didn't get the vote is because they weren't seen as being responsible enough. As during the failures, of the conciliation bills Suffragette's responded by being violent and being sent to jail, they would starve themselves, the government countered by ordering them to be force fed. ...read more.


As at the event, there were also members of the royal family, political leaders and many reporters and photographers at the event. There were other factors which stopped women from getting the vote. One of these factors was that they were considered to be intellectually inferior. People thought that women didn't know about politics and thought that they would only vote for reasons such as, the most handsome candidate. Another reason they didn't get the vote is that they wanted the same rights as men. The Liberals didn't want this because men were the householders and were more likely to be middle class and therefore more likely to vote Conservative. It can be seen that there were a number of different reasons which helps to explain why women had not got the vote by 1914 as their tactics of turning to violence wasn't very shrewd. They weren't getting anywhere, as there violence alienated support, as well as gaining support. The government also had more important issues, such as the crisis in Europe. Therefore, they did not get the vote by the First World War. Qasim Khan 11M ...read more.

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