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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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Assignment Two: Objectives 2 and 3 Alexa Glick 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; this is a non-violent tactic to further their aims. The poster shows how unfairly women were treated. The source is showing that women who were denied the vote could do useful things for society but still not get the vote. Women could be a mayor, a nurse, a mother, a doctor, a teacher or even a factory hand; they can contribute immensely to the community and still be denied the vote. Men could get the vote, even though they could have been in prison, be mental, be in some corrupt activity, be unfit for military service or even be drunk but they would still be allowed the vote. The source is stating that despite all the men's flaws they could vote no matter what, but that women could be perfect and still not be allowed to vote. I can work out from this source that the suffragettes as well as using violence to further their aims, used some peaceful actions for example this poster. 2. Study Sources B and C Does Source B support the evidence of Source C about the suffragette campaign? ...read more.

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I believe that the main reason why women did not get the vote was the split of the WSPU. If they had stayed as one committee, disregarded using violent actions and worked together as a movement they could have persuaded the government and general public to give women the vote, but instead showed the government why women should not get the vote by being irresponsible and violent human beings and letting determination get the better of them. 4. Study Sources F and G. How useful are these sources as evidence for the contribution of women to the war efforts in the years 1914 - 1918? Source F is a poster produced by the government in 1916 at the time when conscription was introduced. Source G is statistics from a school textbook, published in the 1980's. The sources main difference is that the poster was produced entirely as propaganda; and the school textbook was produced entirely for education purposes. Source F is persuading women to join the workers union, since all unmarried men over eighteen had been forced to go to war, there were no men left to do the jobs back home so women were being persuaded to leave their house wife roles and take the mans place, at work. This is shown in the poster as in the background are the men at war, and smoke in the air from a gun. ...read more.

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I don't think that there was a significant reason why women got the vote, if it wasn't for women's effort in the war and it was something else that gave women the vote, then why did women not get the vote before the war? It is true that women's right were most probably improved as a kind of reward for their work during the war. Women were almost equal, but this did not improve the life of the majority of the women war workers, who were young and single. It was a mixture of things that gave women the vote, due to their effort in the war, people were beginning to notice them as an equal race, Herbert Asquith changed his mind about them, the government thought twice about giving into them and the general public became convinced that women deserved the vote. I think the work done by women in the First World War could have been a significant steeping stone forward for British women and could have partly won them the vote, however, I don't think it was the final leap, it just contributed to the building up of it and even if the war did not contribute fully to them getting the vote, the war did lead to real changes in social attitudes especially that women had more freedom after the war than they ever had done. ...read more.

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