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Votes for women, c1900-28 - source related study.

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1.Study source A What can you learn from Source A about the reasons given by the suffragettes for demanding votes for women? Source A is a suffragette poster produced in 1912. It gives various reasons for demanding votes for women. The poster shows how women can be extremely intellectual, qualified and intelligent than men but still fail to get the vote. This is shown by the types of positions they have been given in the poster, such as mayors, teachers and doctors. Women are also shown as factory helpers and nurses, which involved a lot of skill and confidence. This proves the men, who thought women needed protection at all time and were incapable of handling any kind of work, wrong. Where as, men can be 'lunatics' and 'drunkards' and still get the right to vote. The poster shows men as irresponsible and immature beings which shows the strength of women compared to men. The suffragettes main reason for demanding the vote was the fact that they felt it wasn't fair and that not all the citizens of the country were being treated equally. This was also against the democracy, which provoked the suffragettes even more. The source mainly explores the sexist facts over getting the vote. ...read more.

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The man also talks about it a negative manner, which shows that he's strongly against women's right to vote. Members of parliament mainly feared the superiority of women. they wanted to keep them in their traditional role as house wives and stop them from gaining the vote. One of the few reasons as to why women never got the vote even after the out break of world war one is that, after the war had ended, women never got the chance to prove how hardworking they could be. Due to Suffragette riots and anti Suffrage movements, people didn't think women deserved the vote. All women were thought to be the same. And were looked at in a stereo typed way. They were looked at as illiterate beings. The liberal parties had bigger worries than female suffrage and so did the conservative parties. They didn't have enough time to think about such 'small issues'. Most men, about 90%, in those days were against women's suffrage-This wasn't good because the government consisted of just males which meant that women had an even weaker chance to get the vote. Emily Davison's pathetic behavior to try and get the vote was also a negative point to women's right to get the vote. ...read more.

Conclusion

Personally I agree with the statement. I think it was the workwomen did during the war that earned them the vote, because before the war women were, according to men, useless and un worthy. But after their works in the metal industries and other labour jobs, people started to think better of them. And slowly men started to think that women could do stuff and that could be useful to the nation and that they were able to do hard work just like men could. I believe that to an extent women got the vote after the Suffragettes stopped with their violence. This is because right after the Suffragettes had decreased on their violence, men started to think better of women which meant that they didn't think that they were irrational and their attitudes had changed and men no longer saw them as violent creatures. It wasn't actually until the end of the war, that women started working hard and not just creating a racket by contradicting each other. The wartime efforts, jobs etc were evidence for why and how women got the vote, where as the campaigns for women's vote didn't actually have any evidence for it. Over all I believe that because of the change in women's attitudes and behavior they got the vote. Year10c ...read more.

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