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

To What Extent Did The Campaigns For Women Suffrage Lead To Women Gaining The Vote?

Extracts from this document...


Laura Paterson 11CY Candidate no.- 1174 To What Extent Did The Campaigns For Women Suffrage Lead To Women Gaining The Vote? Throughout the nineteenth century, the suffragists and the suffragettes worked hard campaigning for women suffrage. Finally, in 1918, the vote was given to women, but only women over thirty. But suffrage campaigns, although important, were not the only reason that the franchise was granted. Some other reasons include, a fear of the return of suffragette activity, the government following an international trend, the government making changes to the voting system anyway, and the Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, being more sympathetic to the cause that the previous Prime Minister was. The long-term factor was, in fact, the suffrage campaigns. Both the suffragists and the suffragettes had very different styles of campaigning. The suffragist's tactics were based on putting steady pressure on politicians, by holding lectures, organising marches, publishing leaflets and gathering petitions. They were led by Millicent Fawcett, and the group consisted of mainly middle class women, although many working class women were recruited. However, the suffragette's tactics were nearly the opposite, for they used militant tactics to attract as much attention as they could. ...read more.


Even though the suffragists weren't too keen on these methods, they led to political debate, which put the women's right to vote back on the political agenda. Historian, Paula Bartley believes that the government used the violence as an excuse to withhold the right to vote; they feared that other groups would adopt similar tactics. However, the government and the suffragists were not the only people to oppose the campaigns. The press ridiculed women by portraying suffragettes as ugly middle-aged women, so that they would lose all the respect and support of men that they had worked so hard at gaining. In 1914, when war was declared, the suffragettes dropped their violent tactics to show their patriotism. Women were set to work in their husband's places and this process later became known as dilution. From 1915, women moved into 'war work', this was when they started work as nurses, in the armed forces and in the voluntary services. All these jobs were deemed unsuitable for women in pre-war years. This made it seem as if the attitudes of men were changing. ...read more.


Lloyd George felt grateful towards the suffragettes and the suffragists, because he needed women to working the men's places, during the war, and the suffragists and the suffragettes encouraged this. This may explain why women were included in the changes, because David Lloyd George was sympathetic towards them. At the time, politicians stated that women's 'war work' brought about the franchise. Women had now won the right to have a say in how the country was run because they had served their country well. But if that was true, why did only women over 30 get the vote, when it was mainly the younger, working class women who did most of the work? It seemed that the government only gave suffrage to the less radical women, and 'war work' was not such an important factor after all. Suffrage campaigns were important to the gaining of the franchise, because without the campaigns, the support, the publicity, the changing opinions and putting the topic back on the political agenda, it is very unlikely that women would have gained the vote. As women hadn't yet gained the vote by 1914, it proves that even though the suffrage campaigns were important, there was a trigger cause needed. ...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. Why did women fail to gain the vote between 1900-1914?

    where much damage was caused, they burnt down several churches although they did ensure nobody was in their first and probably the most famous action of a suffragette was Emily Davison throwing herself under the kings' horse in the 1913 Epsom Derby, she died four days later.

  2. To what extent was appeasement justified?

    The mutual agreement in standing up to Communism was another reason why appeasement took place and why it was justified. At that point of time, Hitler was not the only concern of Britain and its allies, in fact, they were not worried about Hitler, but rather the spread of Communism and the dangers that Stalin was bringing to the world.

  1. To what extent did the campaigns for women's suffrage lead to the women gaining ...

    If a working class woman had a job they would get paid low wages and appalling working conditions, they were seen as cheap labour compared to men. The right to vote was seen as the first step to getting these rights; women could not be treated as equals without the right to vote.

  2. How important were Haig's tactics in bringing an end to WW1?

    and attack America's Southern states such as Texas and Arizona if America were to join with the Allies. This was the last straw and the American president Woodrow Wilson had no choice but to go to war with Germany. This was a great boost for the Allies, of course, because America was the richest country in the World.

  1. How important was World War One in gaining women the vote?

    This tackled the argument 'a woman cannot do a man's work' which many men had used in preceding years. It also showed that, contrary to what the government may have thought before, that women could be responsible and helpful towards the country and could carry out the same industrial duties as men.

  2. votes for women

    This was because there was a lack of workers and since the workers were all men at the time, they were all gone off to fight the war so the women had to fill in their positions and work at the munitions instead.

  1. Votes for women

    before the outbreak of the First World War was because Queen Victoria herself believed that women should not have the right to vote. The queen herself said that having the right to vote will 'unsex' women. The fairer sex i.e.

  2. Votes For women - history

    The Suffragettes were hardliners, who could go to any extent in order to gain the vote. Instead of this being an assertive statement, it in fact backfired on their campaign. The liberals had been elected in 1906 with a massive majority.

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