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In 1918, women gained the right to vote. Which was the most significant factor to get women the vote, the First World War or the Suffragettes Campaign? By Zara Shaikh S9 In 1918 women over the age of 30 gained the right to vote after a long struggle of more than fifty years. There is no doubt that the suffragettes raised awareness regarding votes for women, but it is also true that the contribution of women during the First World War did much to change attitudes about women and their ability to take a responsible role in politics. Women were impatient, the suffragettes were getting no publicity, and people were tired of constantly reading about them in the newspapers, especially seeing as they had been turned down fifteen times already. The issue of votes for women was given a new focus after 1903 as Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters began to campaign more actively and formed the WSPU (Women's Social Political Union). ...read more.


They said that they will look bad if people died in prison so they started to force-feed the people who went on hunger strike. So much pain was experienced during force-feeding as a pipe is pushed through the nose down to the throat. This caused many after effects as people started to faint. This earned the suffragettes a lot of public sympathy. Other people thought that this was unnecessary, silly and maybe a step too far. But the suffragettes continued on. By 1910, there was an even more increase of violence. Over 300 women marched into parliament. Extreme behaviour was present as the police also started to become more violent. In 1913, the 'Cat and Mouse Act' was introduced. This included the process of arresting the suffragettes, releasing them and then re-arresting them. Life was actually going on as not every woman was involved with the suffragettes. The suffragettes were abstinent and their attitudes became more and more violent. ...read more.


Emily was strong-minded who died for what she believed in. Her funeral was attended by over 2000 suffragettes. Her action had showed her commitment to the cause and showed how much she cared. Although it gained a lot of attention, people thought she was a fanatic and that it was a senseless, pointless sacrifice. The Times newspaper had a statement from the government, "reckless fanaticism'. But did suffragette tactics actually hold back women suffragettes? Were people starting to back out? More and more suffragettes had started to leave the campaign. The cause had weakened and started to disintegrate. Tactics had worked in a sense that earned them publicity, but women were too emotional and embarrassed by the extreme tactics. This divided the movement. When war was declared on 4th August in 1914, the suffragettes put a hold to their campaign as it would be unpatriotic, so suffragettes were set free. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Zara Shaikh S9p [IN 1918, WOMEN GAINED THE RIGHT TO VOTE. WHICH WAS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FACTOR TO GET WOMEN THE VOTE, THE FIRST WORLD WAR OR THE SUFFRAGETTES CAMPAIGN?] Zara Shaikh | 2 ...read more.

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