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The changing role ands status of women in Britain since 1990 Question 1 This source can be useful for a number of different reasons, but what we want to know is what were the attitudes to suffragettes in 1908, and how did their demonstrations gain them the vote? Did they use violence or peaceful methods to gain women's suffrage? And how did these methods portray their own attitudes to women's suffrage? This source is a photograph taken of a suffragette's demonstration led by Mrs Emmeline Panhkhurst in London in 1908. It does not look as though it was taken for a specific reason, other than to capture a moment of history and record an event that could lead to something more important. Because of this fact, I do not think that there is a particular reason for this source to be biased in anyway, so this should be quite a reliable source in relation to the reason of existing. ...read more.


Even though this is a suffragette protest, there are some men taking part in the demonstration, as they are part of the crowd. This could suggest that these men are supportive of the suffragette movement and the right of women to gain the public vote. Or they may just be curious as to what the women are doing and want to find out what is happening. This shows that although this demonstration was originally about women and their right to women's suffrage, it must have been so interesting and compelling that it attracted the attention and maybe even the support of some of the men in the crowd. There is a policeman just to the right of the photograph; this could be to stop the protest from becoming violent or indeed to calm the protest down if it did turn violent. There could be many more policemen attending the protest to make sure that it did not become violent and stayed peaceful, yet there is only one policeman in the photograph. ...read more.


What does this source show about people's attitudes to this demonstration? This source shows that although most men believed that women should not be able to vote and should not be a part of parliament, there were a few who supported their views and also joined in with the crowd of the demonstration. It also shows that women themselves must have wanted the vote because they were acting peacefully and calmly at the demonstration and also there were quite a lot of women there supporting the suffragette movement. The source is not very useful as it does not show us a broad range of attitudes towards suffragettes, but what it dos show is true and reliable. Although this source is quite reliable and tells us about some attitudes towards suffragettes, it leaves some further questions in the historians mind for example, what happened after the photograph was taken, did the protest suddenly become violent? Or what was the majority of people's view towards suffragettes? How did people react to female demonstrations in the early 1900's because they were not very common and very rare? Nadiyah Noorkhan 11V 28/04/2007 ...read more.

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