• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The changing roles and status of women

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

History Coursework - The changing roles and status of women Q1 Choose one reason and explain how it contributed to women being given the vote in 1918. In 1903 the suffragette movement was born with the formation of the Women's Social and Political Union (WPSU) by Emmeline Pankhurst and her two daughters Christabel and Sylvia. At first the newly formed suffragettes relied on spreading propaganda to gain support. However, on the 18th October 1905 they gained considerable unplanned publicity when Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenney stood up at a public meeting and asked if a Liberal government would introduce women's suffrage. Receiving no reply they stood on their seats waving a banner which said, "votes for women". They were thrown out of the meeting and arrested for causing an obstruction outside. Instead of paying the fine they went to prison as protest, causing a great stir and getting the story of the suffragettes into the newspapers. The suffragettes gained maximum publicity for their cause by interrupting and heckling politicians, putting up posters, and chaining themselves to railings (such as those outside Buckingham Palace). ...read more.

Middle

In return all suffragette prisoners were pardoned and the WPSU devoted it's formidable energies to fighting the war. It was absolutely essential that women should take over many of the jobs, which had been done the men recruited into the armed forces. There were female sailors, ambulance drivers and female police officers. However, women are probably most renowned for their work in munitions factories making bombs and cartridge cases. Women continued to work after the war, in the jobs the war had created for them. This showed everyone what women were capable of. At the end of the twentieth century it was an eye opener to those brought up in the Edwardian tradition that a woman's place was at home. It's success gained publicity for women's rights, and the newspapers and magazines of the time were filled with praise. In 1917, the Prime Minister Lloyd George announced that women's war work had changed people's opinion on women's suffrage. The suffragettes contributed to women being given the vote by gaining publicity for their cause. ...read more.

Conclusion

However, they had no real success. In all, the issue of votes foe women was raised in Parliament fifteen times before 1900, and it was rejected every time. In some ways the suffragettes were very successful in their campaign for women to gain the vote. They gained massive amounts of publicity for their cause by interrupting meetings and heckling politicians, chaining themselves to railings, breaking shop windows, cutting telephone lines and setting buildings on fire. However, their violent protests caused them to lose support from many of their original supporters and also lost them any sympathy that the government had for them. In my opinion the First World War was the most important factor in women being given the vote. It gave women the opportunity to show every one that they were just as capable as men were. Their work during the war gained them much support for their cause, including that of many politicians. "The vote was won, not by burning churches, mutilating pictures, or damaging pillar boxes, but by women's work on the war. It was not a concession to violence, but an acknowledgement of patriotic service." Charles L Graves, 1922. Paul Clift 1 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Britain 1905-1951 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Britain 1905-1951 essays

  1. How far did World War 1 change the role and status of women?

    They went on hunger strike. Shortly after this happened the government ordered that all women on hunger strike should be force fed. But this was a huge mistake by the government as it helped the women get even more popularity.

  2. The Changing roles of women

    The husband was usually the head of the house, and his word was law to both his children and his wife, which is somewhat unfair, seeing as the woman was the one expected to look after the children. Middle-class girls were not allowed out without a chaperone, only 'one married

  1. The changing role and status of women in Britain since 1900

    Maybe it was the death of Emily Davison, along with the work of the Suffragettes which made the government decide to give women the vote.

  2. The Changing Role and Status of Women in Britain Since 1900

    It is written in the source that one woman was 'sprawled in the mud' and this was very unlikely to have happened as women didn't show any parts of their bodies in public, suffragette or not. There was also another version of this story which is as the women tried

  1. Votes for Women - Historical Issue Coursework

    In fighting for women's rights, they were fast harming there own campaign and that of those out to get the same result. There are similarities between the language used in both sources. Source B uses the word shrill, which is generally negative.

  2. The Changing Role and Status of Women in Britain Since 1900.

    However, it was soon discovered that it was due to the tight corsets that the women wore. These corsets prevented the women from breathing freely. Another reason for the thought of women being inferior to men was because they did not have the education that many of the men had.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work