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The Suffragettes.

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The Suffragettes. 1) Some women by the end of the nineteenth century decided that they should have the right to vote. Here are just a few of the reasons they gave why they should be allowed to vote: * Women had as much right to vote as men. * Votes for women had already been introduced in other parts of the world e.g. USA. * Some women (since 1888) already had the right to vote in local elections. Why not in parliamentary elections too? * Modern women were more independent and educated than women used to be. * It would be democratic to let women vote. * The Suffragettes put all those points forward to the government and also had many protests which usually involved physical violence and/or vandalism to make their points clear to the country. 2) * Franchise. Means to have the right to vote in public elections. * Suffrage. Means the right to vote in political elections * Emancipation. To be able to liberate free from re-straint. * Militant. A person who is prepared to take aggressive action. 3) Women who campaigned for the right to vote were called suffragettes because suffrage meant to have the right to vote in political elections and that was what all the women who were in the suffragettes wanted so the name explains itself. ...read more.

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The second piece of proof is word of mouth. Esther Knowles a friend of Emily Davison commented. ' I don't think it was suicide, but she knew it was a terrible risk - a 99% risk. The reason Emily did stunt was to gain attention in the media for the suffragettes cause because the Derby wasn't just a horse race it was an event of social importance and a race where society's elite turned up (including the royal family.) Emily Davison suffered terrible injuries at this race and never recovered from them. She died in a local hospital four days after the race. 4B) Publicity stunt means something unusual o difficult as a performance done in front of a crowd to gain attention. 4C) There is some evidence in the second extract that Emily Davison was 'unbalanced.' Her friend in the second extract commented. ' She had very starring eyes and I used to say to Mary, a fellow office kid, that she was unbalanced.' So even Emily's friends admitted she was unbalanced. By saying this she meant that Emily was mentally unsound. Even though she was a clever girl and had got many degrees and things she wasn't quite right in the head somewhere. ...read more.

Conclusion

The last three pictures are all recruiting posters all showing women working and helping England's cause in the war. It was necessary for women to help their country while at war. As suffragettes the women could not be pacifists at any price. They should support their country and let them be worthy of their citizenship and fight the good for their country. The country needed as many people to fight and help as they could get and the men couldn't fight the war on their own they needed the women doctors and nurses e.t.c. The jobs being done by the women in WWI resulted in the representation of the people act in 1918 this was installed because the women had done their job and helped the country as a reward for doing this the country gave women over 30 the right to vote. The women who helped got noticed instead of being violent they got the vote for doing their country proud. The potential dangers of female voters was many women were said to not understand politics fully, many women were against the idea (including queen Victoria.) That women who weren't married or householders would get to vote meaning convicts and lower class people might get to vote. Bu male worries about the dangers of female voter were eventually set aside and in 1928 all women over 21 were given the vote. By Will Bush ...read more.

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