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The Changing role and status of women in Britain since 19001) Source A is showing a suffragette demonstration in 1908. The Women's Social and Political Union

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Liz Finnerty Mr McGinty 21st September 05 The Changing role and status of women in Britain since 1900 1) Source A is showing a suffragette demonstration in 1908. The Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) they were campaigning for women to gain the vote, the leader of the WSPU was Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst who was very determined she always took direct action in leading her team and often used violence to get attention to prove her point. There is a policeman in this picture because violence was always expected at demonstrations like this so police always went just in case. The text next to the photograph says that 200000 people attended the demonstration which is a lot of people, so this shows that the WSPU was popular and had a lot of supporters. The suffragettes used propaganda in the form of posters and postcards, and by the amount of people that turned up to the demonstrations showed a lot of people agreed with their opinion Source A isn't that useful, it only shows one part of a demonstration and doesn't really show anything with use, its just a small part of one demonstration and they had lots of demonstrations that were massive and had thousands of people attend so this source is very un-useful for the fact that nothing is really happening in it and there aren't many people involved either, it does prove that ...read more.


Lots of persuasive public speeches like these ones were made, and so they must have had an influence on people. Women's suffrage in 1918 could not have been due to the war alone when so much was being done to get women the vote before the war even started. Sources D and E both show some of the publicity that the suffragettes received in 1910 and are both biased, but they give out 2 very different messages. D is an newspaper article and describes the suffragettes badly and is very anti-suffragettes. The fact that a thing that the suffragettes do makes headlines in newspapers shows how powerful their acts were. Source E is a postcard which the suffragettes gave out as propaganda for their cause. This is just one example they used. It is a very point proving post card and makes it look silly for men to be able to have the vote and women not, it shows women are responsible and seems as if they would be more sensible with the chance to vote. They made their campaigns well-known so that even before the war a lot of people wanted votes for women. Without the war women would probably have still got the vote. I do think though that the second one is a lot more affective as it is more noticeable and people are more likely to read it and agree with it because its obvious and sort of makes your mind up for you. ...read more.


Source K is another pre-war source it was written in the last summer it is a diary of debutante she was very wealthy (upper class) she already had everything she needed and life was fine as it was for her so nothing that was going on really affected her too much to do with jobs, it sounds reliable as she says "we all" think, so she sound like she is speaking for women but really she is just speaking about women in her class. Although there are good and bad points about this source a point to think about is the fact that this was a diary only written for herself so anything written in it was written in and was confidential and probably never expected it to be read so its not going to be trying to persuade any kind of audience. Since 1900 the role and status of women had been changing. Their role in society had been growing. New job opportunities emerged for women as teachers, shop workers, clerks and secretaries in offices. Women also gained more opportunities in education and were able to go to university to become doctors etc. With women's roles changing so much, it was inevitable women would get the vote, but not necessarily in 1918 without the vote. The war made the subject of equality to women come into more powerful attention so women would of probably go the vote but without the war they probably wouldn't have got it by 1918. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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