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"The suffragette campaign made it less likely that women would be given the vote." Do you agree with this statement? Use the sources pg58-68 and your own knowledge.

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"The suffragette campaign made it less likely that women would be given the vote." Do you agree with this statement? Use the sources pg58-68 and your own knowledge. I think that the suffragette campaign made it more likely that women would be given the vote at the beginning of the campaign, but they went too far and made it slightly less likely by the end of the campaign, as I will explain in the following. Before the suffragette campaign was the suffragist campaign, these were peaceful protesters that staged meetings and mass rallies. However the men in the country were not taking much notice of the peaceful protesters, so the suffragettes decided to take what would have been seen as a far more radical approach to get the votes for women. ...read more.

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So the government decided to force feed the suffragettes that refused to eat, this also gained a lot of support for the suffragettes and against the government because the force feeding was a breach of their human rights. The suffragettes gained a lot of support for their cause by their radical methods; this was because people had to take notice of the brick throwing because women had never had this kind of attitude towards something on such a large scale before. The suffragettes made it more likely that women would get the vote because the government had to realise that these women weren't going to sit back and not have the vote. This was shown in 1911 when the government promised a Conciliation Bill, and this bill gained all party support, it go the biggest majority ever. ...read more.

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However the suffragists were saying that the suffragettes were the worst enemy of the women's suffrage cause, they thought that the suffragettes were showing themselves to be thugs, throwing bricks through windows. Many people agreed with this, they thought that the radical actions of the suffragette made the government more determined that women didn't deserve the vote. I feel that the suffragettes made it more likely that women would gain the vote at the start of their campaign but they needed to know when to stop, they took it too far and made a lot of people feel that they had damaged the suffragette cause, but they were still more likely to get the vote than before the suffragette campaign began. I think that they both helped and damaged the cause, but they helped it more than they damaged it. ...read more.

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