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What did women do during the war help get them the vote.

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History did what women do during the war help get them the vote In my opinion many things contributed to women getting the vote in 1918 and what women did during the war was used more as a smoke screen by the government but it did gain them the public support they needed, which was crucial in gaining the vote Many thought women had proved themselves during the war and showed men how they were loyal to their country and would do anything for them, making them more acceptable candidates for the right to vote. The minister of munitions spoke up wondering how could anyone deny women the civil rights, which "she had earned by her hard work". One of the main reasons I feel the women gained the vote was because in 1918 the government quickly needed to pass an act for men to vote, as thousands of men who fought in the war lost the right to vote as the electoral register was based on housing, and after a few years of fighting abroad they had become dis-enfranchised. ...read more.

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were non-violent as they could not be seen to giving into violence as other campaign groups might of started using violence in their campaigns. However the government never gave the threat of violence as a reason why they got the vote and instead used the collective work they did during the war as a smoke screen. The work women did during war was important in them getting the vote as it showed the public that they could make a good contribution as a loyal citizen and showed the government that they could work with them. However another reason the women got the right to vote was because there was a new Prime Minister after the war. His name was David Lloyd George and he was much more sympathetic for women's suffrage, and because he supported them it made it easier for a bill to be passed and also meant other men started to support it. Because the vote was eventually proposed as been given to women over 30 this meant a lot of politicians and MP's were prepared to support women's suffrage as women over thirty were thought to be responsible, reasonable and they thought they would vote as their husbands did. ...read more.

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Also the militant campaign was very important, however drastic it seemed, as it kept the issue in the papers and made the politicians realise they were very serious, and were prepared to fight and risk people lives for what they believed. If the hadn't of been this violent people would have never believed they were capable of violence and wouldn't have felt pressured when they threatened the return of the violence in 1918. Overall I feel that it was not just one thing, the work that women did during the war, that earned them the vote. It was a mix of things. However the war did help bring women the right to vote as it showed politicians, MP's and the public that women could be responsible and could be good citizens and help their country when it needed them. This is all backed up by source I, which is from a historian book. In the source it says how by saying that "the war brought about votes for women" is " a very rough generalisation", however he says that it does "contain some truth". This shows us that there was more to women getting the vote than just what they did during the war. ...read more.

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