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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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What can you learn from Source A about the reasons given by the Suffragettes for demanding votes for women? There are many things to learn about the reasons the Suffragettes gave for demanding votes for women, and why they felt that they should have the right to vote. They used many means to get what they wanted, including posters such as Source A. Source A, a Suffragette poster produced in 1912, is making the point that a woman can be very successful in a wide range of areas and 'yet not have the vote', and that a man can be a failure in many ways, and yet not 'lose the vote'. The women in the poster have jobs such as Mayor, doctor and nurse, which are all prestigious and respectable jobs. Below them are men who are drunkards, convicted criminals, and lunatics. ...read more.

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However, it was not easy for women to get into positions of power. Lady Sandhurst stood in the London County Council elections and was elected for Brixton. Her opponent objected to this on the grounds that she was a woman, but was overruled by the Returning Officer who oversaw the election. The case went to court and the judge decided that she could not take up her position, and, despite there being no law against the election of women, her appeal failed. The poster also shows certain types of men, all unfavourably. The convict pictured would have brought to mind a man without morals, who is capable of deceiving and lying and is out for himself. This would not have made the law look very fair or right, if it allowed convicts yet not women to vote. ...read more.

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The poster is designed by the Suffragettes, to highlight their point of view and encourage others to hold the same. The method is peaceful, as it is not illegal and does not, physically, harm anyone. However, it could be viewed as rude or offensive, if not openly violent; as it may have been seen as making men appear disrespectable or inferior. This is because it shows what were seen as the 'worst kind' of men, and the men are at the bottom of the poster; as if to imply that they are of a lower class or standing. Overall we can learn many things from source A about the reasons the Suffragettes gave for demanding votes for women. The main message they were trying to get across was that the law was unjustified in giving all men the vote no matter what their situation, and yet not allowing a woman of any kind the vote. Hannah Brinkley ...read more.

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