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Study sources D & E and your own knowledge. Why despite the suffragette activities, had women not gained the vote by World War 1?

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Study sources D & E and your own knowledge. Why despite the suffragette activities, had women not gained the vote by World War 1? There were a number of reasons for women not gaining the vote by the outbreak of the First World War. There was a prevalence of traditional ideas regarding the role of women; the Liberal government of the period was on the whole opposed to votes for women, there were many pressing issues for the government to deal with and the most important factor was the response to the suffragette campaign. The most important reason for women not getting the vote by the outbreak of the First World War was the response to the suffragette campaign. ...read more.

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Another main reason why women did not get the vote by 1914 was that the Liberal government were on a whole against votes for women. Herbert Asquith the prime minister at the time was strongly against votes for women as well so he could use the parliamentary system to avoid bringing votes for women up. From 1906 the Liberals lost by-election after by-election and needed to make sure they retained there majority. Votes for women were not a vote winner as only about 10% were actually in favour so the government never passed the bill. MPs were also against votes for women as it states in source E "I have no hesitation in voting against the principle of giving votes for women" this was a speech given by an MP and shows that a lot of people in the government were against votes for women. ...read more.

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Complex foreign affairs delayed women's suffrage. The plan to grant home rule in Ireland led to civil unrest and together with the outbreak of war people felt votes for women was a minor issue and felt it could be ignored. Another reason why votes for women took so long to happen there was a prevalence of traditional ideas regarding the role of women, like queen Victoria spoke very strongly against the female suffrage. A book written by Marie Corelli had this written in it, "Women were and are designed to make voters rather than be voters themselves". Many male MPs felt that the government shouldn't go to great measures to introduce votes for women. Women were thought of as weak and should stay at home to bring up the children. All these reasons led to the prevention of women's suffrage by the outbreak of the First World War. ...read more.

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