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The Changing Role and Status of Women in Britain Since 1900

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Model A2: The Changing Role and Status of Women in Britain Since 1900 1. How useful is source A as evidence about attitudes to suffragettes in 1908? Source A is a photograph showing an early suffragette demonstration. The women shown in the photo are wearing nice dresses, probably their Sunday best, showing that this demonstration was an occasion to the suffragettes. There are women of all ages at the demonstration which shows that the suffragettes had a wide range of supporters. The demonstration appears to have only just begun as the flag is not yet unrolled, however this could also been the suffragettes were having a break form protesting. There is a policeman in the photo which means the government had recognised the suffragettes work. The policeman appears to be walking away from the demonstration which shows the demonstration was peaceful. Also the fact that most of the suffragettes are smiling and are happy also suggests that the demonstration is a peaceful one. The police man could of been there to protect the suffragettes from objectors that were possibly at the demonstration. This particular demonstration took place in 1908 which was early in the suffragettes work and they had not yet really resulted in them taking drastic measures to get the attention of the government. Although, in 1905 that the organisation created a stir when Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenney interrupted a political meeting in Manchester to ask two Liberal politicians (Winston Churchill and Sir Edward Grey) ...read more.

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3. "Without the First World War British women would not have gained the right to vote in 1918." Do you agree or disagree with this interpretation? In 1897 the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) was formed by Millicent Fawcett. Known as the 'suffragists', they believed in a policy of persuasion - hoping through meetings, petitions, reasoned arguments, legal propaganda and the threat of tax avoidance, to persuade Parliament to grant their demands. However, some women thought that the progress being made by the suffragists was too and so the Women's Social and Political Union was founded by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Cristabel was founded in 1903. The suffragettes aimed to attract publicity for their cause and to annoy the government as much as possible. They were prepared to be violent to get what they wanted. The Government and the courts took firm action. When the suffragettes were arrested they were fined by the courts. When they refused to pay they were sent to prison. When they went to prison many suffragettes went on hunger strike and had to be force-fed - which was painful and dangerous. Suffragette's tactics included: * Mocking members of the government at public meetings. * Chaining themselves to the railings of Buckingham Palace. * Assaulting politicians who were known to oppose women's votes. ...read more.

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I think that even though the men at home felt this way it would not really of hindered the women's chance of getting the vote. Source J - 1917 - Source J is a speech made by the former Prime Minister saying that women should get the vote. Three years ago he wouldn't have agreed and was against women getting the vote but he is saying that he would find it hard not to give them the vote after all they've done during the war. Before the war he would not of even considered giving women the vote. This source shows that without the war it would have taken a lot longer for the women to get the vote as they would have had to find another way of proving themselves. Overall after looking at the sources and all the other information I have available to me I believe that without the war the women would still have gotten the vote eventually. However, I think that World War One helped get the women the vote earlier than they would have done if World War One had not happened. I believe that it would have taken a lot longer for them to get the vote as there protests and demonstrations were not really getting them anywhere and most of the sources actually show that the suffragettes were actually hindering their chances of getting the vote by their violence and aggressive campaigns. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ruth Pates 1 ...read more.

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