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Votes for Women

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Introduction

1. What can you learn from Source A about the reasons given by the Suffragettes for demanding votes for women? <<< Source A From Source A, I can learn many reasons why the Suffragettes demanded votes for women. The first reason that I can learn is that in Source A, the Suffragettes are trying to pass the message that they are more diplomatic, intellectual and caring than the men, as there poster is showing women to have high class roles in society and showing men to have low class roles in society, through the jobs that they are represented. Furthermore the second reason I can perceive from Source A why the Suffragettes demanded votes for women is that, women in that time played a large role in society, as they were doctors, nurses, mothers teachers and factory workers, (according to the poster) so if they played such a big roles in society then they should be allowed to vote and give there say on how the society is run. In the time of the Suffragette campaign this poster was used as propaganda, and was used in hope to pass a message on that women were actually better than men. In reality this poster is very biased. In fact at the time of the Suffragette campaign there was only one female mayor and two female doctors at the time. However the poster tries to make u believe that there were actually more than one female mayor and two female doctors in hope for the people to think that the women played an important role in society, and wanted them to vote for women's voting rights. In addition when talking about the pessimistic things that the men could be, it fails to reveal the idea that women could have also been drunkards, lunatics etc. This is the continuing idea of propaganda; and is done to hopefully sway the general public into sympathizing with their cause and to maybe encourage people to vote for women receiving ...read more.

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due to their pride and ego they did not want to give women the vote as it may have seemed as if women had won. In addition I also think that the militancy of the Suffragettes delayed women receiving the vote, as no Government is willing to give up to terrorist actions, seeing that it would make them weak, giving in at the first sign of blackmail. This leads back to the other point of fear clouding judgement, however in addition to this if the Government would have given up to the suffragettes radical actions this would have made the country seem weak for crumbling at demands given by a firm hand with methods such as terrorism, this may have made others think of terrorist acts as a good way to get their point across or to achieve something, which may have led to the country falling apart. 4. Study Source F and G. How useful are these two sources as evidence for the contribution of women to the war effort in the years 1914-1918? Until the First World War, women had still not achieved their suffrage. This was mainly due to a few main things. To name a few; the militant ways of the Suffragettes, as well as other issues in Parliament at the time such as the Irish home rule, and many more. However due to women's help in the War, they slowly and surely began to attain their goal. In this essay I will talk about Sources F and G and how useful these sources are as evidence for the contribution of women to the war. Source F is somewhat useful in showing women's contribution to the war. Source F is a wartime poster used as propaganda to persuade women to enrol into the women's munition services. I think that this Source is Useful in showing that women contributed to the war, seeing that it shows the dominating sex at the time, men, were approaching and almost begging women to come ...read more.

Conclusion

This suggestion can be supported by both sources H and I. In source I, we are told from a history book produced in 180 that 'the question of women's rights must not be isolated from the other social and political changes'. This indicates that the decision to give women the vote was just a factor in the overall change that Britain was going through. Whereas in source H, we are informed by the 1980 history book that after careful studies, 'little change resulted from the war'. Implying that the war made no contribution to women getting the vote. This is important to the argument as we are proved that the war was irrelevant to getting the vote as the country was already immersed into a positive change. One final point that should be taken into consideration but holds less importance, is hat there was still growing opposition to women working therefore their work would have made no difference to weather they were granted the vote or not. There were many campaigns that were formed in order to bring to an end to women in the workplace. One of the most famous is the 'Heroines to Scroungers' campaign. This point, finally, is important as it showed that there were still men in the world, regardless of the mass amounts of effort women put into the war, believed that women were still inadequate and couldn't cope with the cut throat world that was voting. In conclusion, it is clear that yes, the work of the women was the biggest if not the single most important factor in getting them the vote. This is because of the versatility and the dominance that women managed to show while working and therefore being rewarded with the vote. The points made in the argument clearly show the change in opinion of the Government and the public, only in the later stages and towards the end of the war. Indicating, the First World War was the trigger for women receiving the vote. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Ali Keshtmand 11T ...read more.

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