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What si the difference between suffragisst and suffragettes

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Describe the ways in which the methods of the Suffragettes and the Suffragists were different. During the beginning of the 20th century two groups of people, the Suffragists and the Suffragettes, campaigned for suffrage for women, but their tactics and beliefs were very different. The National Union for Women's Suffrage Society or NUWSS which was formed in 1897 consisted of men and women who campaigned to win the vote for women. They were known as the Suffragists and were led by Millicent Fawcett who showed the members "how to gain reforms without violence". ...read more.


However by 1914, the Suffragists had achieved nothing and gained no publicity, but Millicent Fawcett remained unconcerned as she said that the movement was like a glacier: "it might be slow, but it is unstoppable." But many members of the NUWSS did not share this view and were annoyed by the slow progress so they decided to take matters into their own hands and broke away from the group, creating the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). The WSPU was officially founded by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel in 1903 and they demanded "immediate enfranchisement" for women. ...read more.


Prime Minister Herbert Asquith was opposed to women's suffrage and on many occasions he was verbally or physically abused by the WSPU, for example he was ambushed by them whilst playing golf. The most infamous incident occurred at the 1913 Derby, when Emily Wilding Davison ran onto the course and was charged down and killed by the King's horse. The women lead a procession for her and carried on their Suffragette activities right up until 1914, by which time many women thought they had gone too far and the NUWSS regarded them as a liability not an ally. The actions of the Suffragettes and Suffragists were different in many ways, however neither groups achieved their aim: the right for women to vote. ...read more.

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