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Question 2: Describe the ways in which the methods of the Suffragists and Suffragettes were different The Suffragists were formed in the 1850's and in 1897 the National Union of Women's Suffrage (NUWSS) was formed. They campaigned to win the right to vote for women. They used peaceful methods to get what they needed such as demonstrations, marches, speeches in large crowds, petitions; they supported the MPs that supported the women in getting the right to vote and the use of their own newspaper which was known as 'Voiceless London'. They believed in peaceful methods because they wanted to show that women have the same logical capacity as men and they also wanted to secure the vote by non-violent means as opposed to the way men secured the vote. The main reason was to gain the respect of middle class men and politicians to show they were law abiding citizens who could participate and contribute to politics and the governing of the United Kingdom. ...read more.


Their methods included the use of their own newspaper, 'heckling' MPs at meetings, attacking MPs physically, smashing windows and cutting telephone wires and gaining as much publicity as possible. They would also choose to be kept in prison rather than to pay a fine when arrested because this led to disruption to the police and also the parliament. In prison, they could not to do much but however they went on hunger strikes in the prison which led to 'force feeding'. This act from the suffragettes led to more and more publicity and this attracted other women to join. The suffragettes wanted to be noticed and publicized, they also used propaganda posters and leaflets to show how the government was ill treating the women who were arrested and force fed in prison and more people were sympathetic. They were protesting atrociously and did many things such as chain themselves to railings outside Downing Street. ...read more.


They also were known for not paying their taxes to gain attention. From 1912, the Labour party started to support the general suffrage or known as common suffrage which meant the right to vote for all adults, men or female, this breached a split into the WSPU. As the clique started to break, some of the members left and joined the WFL, other groups and some MPs. In 1913, women's suffrage was debated in Parliament where they were defeated by 48 votes and were defamed and they had lost many members and then after the NUWSS worked hard to get back the support they had lost from the public. On the August 4th 1914, England had declared war on Germany and that's where the WSPU consented to help in the war and to end their violent protests. This was a huge step in the history of the WSPU as it had changed the social thinking of people later on. ?? ?? ?? ?? Votes For Women Ravi Desai 10V ...read more.

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