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Votes for women 1900-1928. Source based work. " Why did women get the vote?" "Was it the work that women did during the war that got them the vote?"

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Votes for women 1900-1928. Question 5. " Why did women get the vote?" "Was it the work that women did during the war that got them the vote?" Introduction This essay will look at sources H, I, J and the use of my own knowledge to deliberate upon historian's views on the central reasons why women got the vote in 1918. Some historians argue that it was the work that women did in the First World War that led to them acquiring the vote. Other historians argue it was a strategy to divide the women's movement. This was because only the 'safe women' who were over the age of 30 that were awarded the vote. The main reason was that these women were seen to be sensible and likely to vote the same way as their husband. This essay will examine all sides of the argument. Source H. Source H is a secondary source taken from an educational history book 'Women suffrage in Britain, 1928-1967' written in 1980. Initially the author appears to agree with the statement that women acquired the vote due to their contribution during the war. For example when the author states that someone with 'a very simplistic view would see the vote as a reward for loyal wartime service.' ...read more.

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Source I. Source I is a secondary source, taken from a section of a book called 'Women at War, 1914-1918' written in 1980. This source partly agrees with the statement that women acquired the vote due to their contribution during the war. The author stated, '' to say that the war brought votes for women is to make a very rough generalisation.'' However the author believes that the main reason that women were awarded the vote was because of the great political and social changes that were happening. These changes created a change in public opinion, one that was sympathetic to awarding women the vote. The author disagrees that women acquired the vote due to their contribution during the war. It was other changes that wartime had created that led to limited female suffrage. From the use of my own knowledge I know that if it wasn't for women's war effort then Britain may not have won the First World War. For example when Germany blockaded food supplies the British women were the one that prevented Britain from starvation. By supporting the governments call for women to join the 'Land girls.' Source J. Source J is a primary source taken from a speech made by former Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, an influential man. ...read more.

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In contrast to this view point source J states that the only reason why women awarded the vote was due to their contribution during the war. From my own knowledge I can see that source H is the most useful source as it indicates that by granting women over the age of 30 the vote was a way to divide the women. It was not all the women that were 30 and over, it was all the women that were married and had a house. So this meant that it was only the first class and some second-class women that got the vote. I believe that Herbert Asquith granted women the vote as a way of keeping them happy for sometime. I also believe that this may also have been an attempt to get his party more votes in the general elections so that he could be Prime Minister for another 5 years. Finally I have concluded that all this meant that although women did all the work, men still had all the power and authority in Britain. Lastly, it was not the work that women did during the war that led to limited female suffrage. It was instead a manipulative and cynical plot to divide the women's movement, thereby weakening it whilst maintaining male domination of society. Sarah Olaore 11G Page 1 11HI2 Ms. 'Neill 1 Sarah Olaore 11G ...read more.

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