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Women over 30 gained the vote in 1918 mainly because of women's contribution to the war. Do you agree? Explain your answer. Before the war women were campaigning for equal voting rights but they didn't get it. There were many times where it looked liked the women's suffrage had succeeded in getting the vote and many times when it looked absolutely hopeless. The NUWSS and the WSPU both using their different both sometimes very effective methods, fought very hard in their campaign to win votes for women. But when the First World War began the women's leaders of the suffrage campaign agreed to stop campaigning and instead help the war. In this essay I will discuss if women gained the vote because of their involvement to the war and I will also look at the evidence for and against this statement. When the war began all the men went out to fight and there were a lot of jobs that were left that needed to be done, especially around the war munitions, as there weren't many men that could do the work since they were all out to war. So, many young women (mainly working class) volunteered to take up the jobs that were left by the men. ...read more.

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It also helped them gain the vote, as they played a vital role for their country during the war producing munitions and other goods while many men went out to fight for their country. However, on the other hand, the war work wasn't the only factor that gained women the vote, as there were many social and political reasons behind their success. First of all the old voting system in Britain required that for a person to vote they had to stay in the same place for twelve months before the election. Now this was a problem for the soldiers that went out to war. They would not be able to vote. So the government decided to change the system. This new law made sure that the war heroes would be able to get their vote. This gave the chance for the women to step in and ask to be added to the new law. In addition during the war there were many changes in Parliament, which changed the stability of MPs who opposed and supported women's suffrage. A number of suffragist MPs were promoted into the cabinet. What's more in December 1916 Lloyd George who was supportive of the women's suffrage replaced Asquith as prime minister who opposed them. ...read more.

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The war also changed politicians' views about women, it helped them to realise that they should give women the vote, as it would be a shame not to, when they had played such an important role during the war. I disagree with the statement above, as weighing up both sides of the argument, I would say that the war did not exactly help gain women over 30 the vote in 1918, but instead it helped raise the status of women in society, by changing negative views of the public and especially men about women. I think that the most important factor that helped gain women over 30 the vote was the fact that Britain was a democratic country who needed to give women the vote or else she would be laughed and so politicians gave the vote only to women over 30 as they thought cleverly, that since most women over 30 were married, they would vote for the person their husband would and not think for themselves. But most of all the war did not help gain women over 30 the vote in 1918, as they were not the people who had made the contribution to the war, as it was the women under the age of 30. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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