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What can be learnt from Source A about the reasons given by the Suffragettes for demanding votes for women?

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Q1. What can be learnt from Source A about the reasons given by the Suffragettes for demanding votes for women? From Source A I can learn that one of the reasons the Suffragettes campaigned for the women's vote was because they felt that they could hold down the respectable jobs of men. In the top line women are shown in the jobs of Mayor, Nurse, doctor, teacher and more; all of the jobs would have been seen as respectable at the time (and are still seen as respectable). One of the jobs mention is a mother, perhaps with the purpose of putting emphasis on home life and how important the role of a mother is to the country. It also may be trying to show that the Suffragettes certainly weren't anti male and supported women whatever respectable job they choose, regardless of whether or not earn a salary. Surely if these women could all hold down respectable and responsible jobs such as these then they should be entitled to the vote. ...read more.

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I could infer that the Suffragettes were angry about not having the vote, meaning that in their haste to get their message across they failed to look at the validity of their argument, as many do in anger. There is also the risk that they have alienated those who may have supported them. Those "unfit for service" (The disabled) may have been offended by this poster and those convicts who may have been released from prison may also feel aggrieved as a result of the message of this poster. This again could show the Suffragettes disregard for the consequences of their actions, since they may have lost some credibility with certain parties. Q2. Study Sources B and C. Does Source B support the evidence of Source C about the Suffragette campaign? Explain your answer by reference to both sources. Source B is a passage from a 1907 book called "Woman of Suffragette" by writer Marie Corelli. ...read more.

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Both Sources do seem to recognise that women have suffered as a direct result of men. SB mentions that "women suffer great injustice at the hands of men" and SC seems to imply that Partridge is in support of the women's vote, as he is showing the Suffragette hampering the cause, possibly indicating support for the Suffragists and therefore the women's vote. Obviously if Partridge acknowledges the idea of women voting, he recognises those male politicians are causing part of this injustice. The Sources however disagree in that SB is clearly anti women's suffrage and SC gives some indication that women should be entitled to the vote. SB gives the reason for not giving the vote to women as they can pass down the right to vote to their male children; however SC implies that women should be allowed to vote and it's mainly the fault of the Suffragettes that they have not been given it yet. Overall, Sources B and C both disagree with each other; chiefly because one seems to support the women's vote and the other doesn't. ...read more.

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