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Votes For Women C.1900-28 1) Source A is a poster produced by the suffragettes in 1912. At the time of the production of the poster, women in Britain were seeking the right to vote. The poster was produced to campaign for the votes for women and shows some jobs women may have, and yet still do not have the right to vote. The poster also shows some appalling jobs that men in Britain have and still boast the right to vote. Women in Britain up until they were given the vote after the First World War were seen as less skilled than men. The poster shows that a woman could have had a highly respected position in the local community such as a mayor, and still did not have the right to vote, Whereas a man may have been a convict, Lunatic, or even a drunkard, basically useless in society and still could boast the right to vote. The headings above the pictures of jobs show that a respected woman may not be given the vote whereas a convict for example could. The main motive for not having votes for women was that women were seen as unskilled and unintelligent. They were not given the vote due to the fact that they were seen as not politically minded or interested and so they would not be able to use their vote to its full potential. The point of source A is that it shows you that a Lunatic or a drunkard wouldn't be able to vote appropriately for the reason that they have been stereotyped and still could vote. ...read more.

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Source E is a speech made by a Member of Parliament in 1913. The source reads, 'I have no hesitation in voting against the principle of giving the vote to women.' The source says that the right to vote should only be for men and not for women. Women should not be allowed to vote and it is a brainless idea to even suggest the idea. One main reason to why women were not given the vote 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. women are designed to make voters than rather to be voters themselves. One last main reason as to why women were not aloud the right to vote was that the members of Parliament and the government were extremely sexists. Source E is a speech made by a Member of Parliament in 1913. It reads, 'In giving the women the right to vote we will ultimately put the control of this country into female hands'. This speech is basically saying that women should not be given the vote because they are incapable of running the country as they are not as politically minded as men. This is an extremely sexist comment and the reason to why women were not given the right to vote is that Parliament consisted entirely of men, elected by men to pass laws to benefit men. Women were seen as housewives rather than Members of Parliament. ...read more.

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As war was declared, Emeline Pankhurst called off all militant action from her organisation. After the war ended there were fears of militant action recurring once again. Due to the results of the war on the country that shattered England both economically and physically, the government would not have been able to deal with the added pressure of domestic detestation. The government wanted to keep England a united nation and so gave women the vote to stop internal hatred once again in England so soon after a World War. "For three years now the Suffragettes have not restated that horrible campaign of violence...I therefore believe that some measure of women's suffrage should be given" Source J, a speech by Herbert Asquith 1917 I agree with Herbert Asquith and believe that this was the main reason as to why women were given the vote. The vote also came up in discussion because of the war but indirectly. The government were in talks about changing the male voting age to include younger men who fought in the war. They decided to stretch the voting age to 18+ if one had performed national service. Until now Labour had not had the authority or opportunity to bring up the controversial topic of women's suffrage. However since there was now a conciliation government, the vote for women would not affect any party. They were amending the suffrage bill so that they were able to establish votes for women under 'similar' terms to men. I believe that the contribution to the war effort by women, their attitude and patriotism to England and the pressure that the suffragettes put on the Government were the reasons to why the Suffragettes were given the reward of being able to boast the right to vote. ...read more.

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