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The Suffragettes and the Struggle for Womens Right to Vote (Q. 2)

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Introduction

2. Study sources B and C. Does source B support the evidence of source C about the Suffragette campaign? Explain your answer. Source B's provenance immediately suggests that the person concerned opposed to the Suffragettes and their opinions. The book from which source B is extracted from is called 'Woman or Suffragette'. This suggests that the author, Marie Corelli, feels that the Suffragettes do not present women as a whole, and are also set apart from other women. Source B suggests that Suffragette campaigning is a cry for attention from a 'group of discontented ladies', and that votes for women is merely a fad that these ladies will soon get bored of. It not only suggests that Suffragette campaigning is an unnecessary waste of time, but it also suggests that women are themselves responsible for raising boys and men that treat women this unfairly. ...read more.

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The cartoon shows both suffragist and suffragette standing outside a Liberal Party (who were in power at the time) meeting, the suffragette looking as if she wants to disrupt or break into the meeting, and the suffragist calmly holding her back, and at the same time shown blaming the violent suffragette for stopping women as a majority getting the vote through violent, bad campaigning methods by branding the suffragette as a woman's 'worst enemy'. This cartoon is a piece of propaganda, as it seems to portray the extremes of suffragette campaigning. The suffragette is shown as scruffy, mad and untidy, when in fact suffragettes were upper and middle class respectable-looking women. Sources B and C seems to agree on the fact the suffragettes go about getting the vote in the wrong ways, source B referring to them as 'discontented ladies' and source C depicting them as mad and scruffy and branding them 'shrieking sisters. ...read more.

Conclusion

It suggests that women who bring up sons to disrespect women have nothing and no one to blame but their selves, whereas source C does not suggest that votes for women is wrong in principle, but that the way that the Suffragettes are going about trying to get the vote is wrong. To a certain degree, source B does support source C, as they seem to agree that the suffragettes were wrong in their methods for getting the vote. Although the author of C, who ironically is a man, appears to not disapprove of women's votes on a whole, but only the suffragette methods of getting the vote, whereas the author of source D appears to not be in favour of votes for women at all. ...read more.

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