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Suffragettes - source related study.

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Suffragettes coursework Lester Pitts Source A shows that woman can have responsible jobs in society but not have the vote. For example, a woman can be a doctor or teacher, and for these jobs they would have to be well educated and very responsible but still not be allowed the vote. On the other hand, a man can be a convict or drunkard but still have the vote. The overall message of source A is that suffragettes believed the voting system was unfair, and that women fully deserved the vote. Sources B and C support each other in a number of ways. One way is that they are both against suffragettes. We know this because source B is called 'woman or suffragette.' Which means that you can't be both and if you aren't a woman you aren't normal. In a similar way, source C shows an old woman looking mad and distorted, with a deranged facial expression being held back by a normal looking woman. The woman is saying to the suffragette 'YOU help our cause? Why you're it's worst enemy.' This is portraying the suffragettes as really bad people and they don't help the cause of getting women the vote. Another example of how they are similar language to describe suffragettes in a bad way. Source B says 'Shrill cry' and Source C says 'Shrieking sister' these words are used to show that suffragettes are hysterical. ...read more.

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I also know from my own knowledge that there were other factors which stopped women from getting the vote. One of these factors was that they were considered to be intellectually inferior. People thought that women didn't know about politics and thought that they would only vote for the most handsome candidate. Another reason they didn't get the vote is that they wanted the same rights as men. The Liberals didn't want this because men were the householders and were more likely to be middle class and therefore more likely to vote Conservative. Also, they didn't get the vote because they had never contributed to a war they didn't deserve it. It can be seen that there were a number of different reasons which helps to explain why women had not got the vote by nineteen fourteen. Source F is a poster showing a woman in a munitions factory. It is propaganda produced by the Government in which it shows a woman working and looking clean and contented. This is unlikely to be a realistic picture, because work in the munitions factory was hard physical labour. It is very biased because it is trying to get women to enroll in the munitions industry. Even though it is biased it is still useful because it tells us that the Government needed munitions workers during the war as the men that usually did this work were fighting the war. ...read more.

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Not all people were happy with the idea of women doing work that was usually done by men. An example of this is in source H which says 'in farm's, hospitals and factories they were greatly resented,' and 'men felt happiest if women became nurses or providers of refreshments for the troops.' However, their contribution to the war wasn't the only reason they got the vote as said in source I. 'To say that the war brought votes for women is to make a very rough generalization.' One of the other reasons was that the suffragettes had stopped their campaign of violence. People were keen to avoid it restarting and so they supported votes for women. Also the Government was now able to give women the vote without looking as though they had given in to pressure, which would make them look weak. Also after the war a lot of men were wounded and injured people couldn't vote. The Government thought it would be better to change the law to allow the injured to vote and so it was good timing to allow women to vote as well. In conclusion I partly agree with the statement 'It was the work that women did during the war that earned them the vote.' It cannot be denied that women's work during the war changed men's attitudes towards them, however there were other important factors that contributed, such as their end to violence. ...read more.

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