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

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Question 1: What can you learn from Source A about the reasons given by the Suffragettes for demanding votes for women? (Source A - A Suffragette poster produced in 1912) The poster is one of the non-violent campaigns the Suffragettes organized during their fight for women's rights to vote. The Suffragette often used violent campaigns as an attempt to shock and surprises the public, but posters such as these, although nonviolent achieved the same effects. The poster has images of women at their best; in jobs such as Mayors, Nurses and Doctors. These jobs are of high occupation, and are respectable in every way. But the women in those positions were not even allowed to vote. They contrast the best of women who are not allowed to vote, with the very worse of men, who are allowed to vote. The words on the poster explains that even though the women who are of high standards, are not allowed to vote, the men who were once a convict, a lunatic or a drunkard, were allowed to vote. This showed the separation of the sexes, from the worse to the best, as unfair treatment towards females, and was one of the reasons why women fought for the vote. Though the Suffragettes produced posters to voice their opinions, they weren't the only ones. ...read more.

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But why was it, that even before the war, women did not achieve this right? During the years surrounding the First World War, Ireland fought to be its own country, and not a part of Britain. The Irish Home Rule affected the British government with a great problem. Britain wanted Ireland to remain part of them, but Ireland demanded being their own government and free to do as they wished, without disclosing their problems to the whole of Britain. The British government was busy dealing with this problem, and had no time to concern themselves with the women suffrage. This was a setback for the suffragettes, and they could not yet gain the vote. The Suffragette campaign was into its eleventh year by the outbreak of the First World War. They had started their battle in 1904, when they first changed the tactics of the Suffragists, into military tactics of the Suffragettes. In its beginning years, the suffragettes received much support from the public. Many began to see women from a different view. Before, women were treated as second class citizens. They were viewed as property, owned by their fathers, husbands, brothers, uncles and even sons. Since the suffragette campaigns, people had been shocked into realizing the unfairness and unequal attitudes towards women. The public supported the campaign, and they received a sympathetic shoulder from the media. ...read more.

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Source J was part of a speech by Herbert Asquith, the Prime Minister from 1908 to 1916 claiming his change of views on his oppositions towards the women's suffrage. He read this speech in 1917, when the war had been going on for three years, and the women's suffrage had also been put on hold for three years. Asquith believes that women should be allowed to gain some 'measure' of women's suffrage because of the peaceful homes of Britain, now that the campaigning had stopped. That is to say that he deems the fact that just because of the peacefulness of Britain without the violent campaigning, women should be allowed to have a reward for showing that they can stop campaigning. It was not a reward, in his views, for the war efforts. All of these sources believe that apart from the war, the campaigning, the political situations and the other social changes helped in earning the right to vote. The quote at the beginning of the question believed that the war was the only reason why women gained the vote. The sources' views are what I believe to be the truth. If the suffragettes had not campaigned so violently or so strongly, the government would have not rewarded women with the right to vote just because of the war. The suffrage for women ended in 1928, when women were given the equal rights to vote as men. GCSE History Women's right to vote Lena Tran Page 1 of 5 ...read more.

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