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The Struggle for the emancipation Of women-explain how and why The methods of the suffragettes changed Between 1903 and 1915

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The Struggle for the emancipation Of women-explain how and why The methods of the suffragettes changed Between 1903 and 1915 From 1903 through to 1915, the methods that the suffragettes used to gain the right to vote dramatically changed. In my essay I will explain how and more importantly why the suffragettes went through several methods to get themselves noticed by the male government. It was in 1903 when the suffragettes started to try and gain enough publicity so that they were recognised. This tactic mainly consisted of ineffectual activities like producing and then distributing leaflets. Most people would just discard or throw these away. The newly founded WSPU, (which was formed by Emily Pankhust) would also make pointless petitions and organise moves to London. Both of these activities failed to make any front pages of any newspapers. As well as that, the women of the WSPU would also attend and organise small meetings. The suffragettes thought they had struck gold when their leader, Emily Pankhurst had agreed a verbal deal with the leader of the Liberals, David Lloyd George. He had promised to give women the vote if the women would help promote the Liberals. Unfortunately, this deal was not written down and when the Liberals came to power; David Lloyd George did not keep his word. ...read more.

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By helping the war effort, women proved that they were responsible, capable and able to do anything a man could, sometimes even better! As well as that, women's actions in WW1 also had a great effect on how men and women thought of female emancipation. The war changed the attitudes of people all over the country. While the men would reluctantly change, both men and women were very surprised and women began to feel very proud and confident. This is why the women got the vote because of their contribution to the war effort. On the other hand some historians accept that there were other reasons why women got the vote. It was thanks to the suffragettes and people like Emily Pankhurst and John Stuart Mill before the war that women got the vote. It was the publicity that these people generated before the war that first put the idea of female emancipation into people's heads. The campaigns and demonstrations made by the suffragettes may have even persuaded most women to join the war effort in the first place. As well as that, the reward given to the women after the war would have probably have been something other then the vote as the politicians had been made aware that that was what they were always fighting for. ...read more.

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In the same year, John Stuart Mill failed in his bid to give franchise to women but through his determination and perseverance, the issue of female emancipation was brought to the countries attention and started to be discussed. Women were first given political status in 1870 when they could vote and stand to be, on a school board or council. This was not much but it was a start. However, real progress was made when women could vote in local council elections. Five years later, Emeline Pankhurst founds the WSPU and the Men's League for Womens Franchise is founded in 1907. In which way did women make the most and least progress between 1850 and 1930? I think that between 1850 and 1930, women made the most progress in politics. I think this is because in the space of forty years, women went from one extreme to the other. From being laughed at by men they were then given the chance to be Lord Mayor in such a short time. I think that in between 1850 and 1930, women made the least progress in economics. Although they could legally work in 1850, it took a huge 60 years for them to do any respectable job. Even today, women are discriminated against the workplace. They are paid less then men sometimes and can sometimes be overlooked by employers who would rather employ a man with the same qualifications. The Struggle for the Emancipation of Women George Williams 10/10 ...read more.

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