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Votes for women

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History coursework assignment 2: Votes for women Question 3 I agree partially that women's contribution to the war helped them gain the vote for over 30s in 1918. But I don't agree that it was the only reason that they got the vote, there were many different arguments as to why they gained the franchise in 1918 but there are three main ones and these are the arguments I will be discussing. I believe that all three of these arguments aid in the progression of granting women's Suffrage, but not one is responsible entirely. When the First World War was declared, women decided to abandon their Suffrage campaigning and join together with men to defend their country. This can be analysed in two different ways. ...read more.


Many occupations acted similarly to this for women between 1914 and 1918. For example in 1914 only 2,000 women worked in government offices, by 1918 this had risen to 225,000 (source G). There was also a women's army corps set up. There are many contradicting reasons to the giving of suffrage to some women after the war. Some people believe it was due to the efforts and hard work of women in the war. Others believe that the Suffragettes were the cause of women's suffrage being granted, due to the memory of the violent tactics use it before the war broke out. A third group believe that votes for women were only granted because votes for men needed to be sorted out. ...read more.


Men were much more tolerant of them being nurses and teachers. The source goes on to state that Politicians were rewarding women with the vote for bringing up children successfully to fight for their country. It also says that only women over 30 were allowed to vote because then they would hopefully follow their husbands. Many former Suffragettes held the opinion that they were the cause of women being granted the vote. The Suffragettes believed that their years of violent campaigning had done much to worry the government. They thought that it was their campaigning that led to the vote. This was backed up by the former Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith 'for three years the Suffragettes have not restarted that horrible campaign of violence. I therefore believe that some measure of women's suffrage should be granted'. This speech comes from the Prime Minister who for eight years was strongly against the vote for women. ...read more.

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