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Study sources H, I and J and use your own knowledge. 'It was the work that women did during the war that earned them the vote.' Explain whether you agree with this interpretation.

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Q. Study sources H, I and J and use your own knowledge. 'It was the work that women did during the war that earned them the vote.' Explain whether you agree with this interpretation. It is hard to argue that women received the vote in return for their contributions to the war effort when young female workers, who had contributed significantly to the war effort through their work in munitions factories and other sectors, remained disfranchised. Even though women got the vote because of all their hard work and sacrifice during the years of war, it is too simple an explanation. ...read more.

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The politicians who still didn't like the idea of women voting realised it was going to happen so that is why the used the war as an excuse, so that they didn't lose face. The women who were given the vote were not the ones who had worked in the factories, so you could argue that giving the vote to women because of their war efforts was just a cover up. Source H supports this argument and that these women (also in hospitals and farms) were greatly resented. The source also explains that in some cases, women getting the vote was a reward for their loyal wartime service, but it hardly seemed fair to some women who had worked just as hard to help in the war. ...read more.

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Source I which is from a history book called 'women at war' explains that women being given the vote because of their war efforts is a rough generalisation. This supports my argument and it shows that the government was concerned with the revival of the suffragettes and that if women would stand for parliament, it would be a risk they were willing to take. Source J explains that nom the women have the vote there hasn't been any vandalism or campaigning of violence and Britain is an equal nation again. Herbert Asquith, who was originally against women getting the vote in 1914, spoke in favour in 1917 because he also thought that women deserved the vote for their war efforts, which I think is genuinely what he believes. ...read more.

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