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What was more important, the suffragette campaigns or world war one in gaining women the vote?

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What was more important, the suffragette campaigns or world war one in gaining women the vote? Introduction. Women were not allowed to vote at the same time as men in the 19th century. This was because most people believed women did not have the right sort of intelligence or personality. They were emotional and weak and spent their lives being led and looked after. They could not make important decisions like money, work, power, war, law, education and health care. They were not capable of thinking about these things. Married women were not able to own property and therefore were unable to take control of their own lives or show responsibility for things. Suffragettes and suffragists Suffragists were women who led peaceful protests. They were formed in 1867 and Millicent fawcett became leader in 1897 thirties years later. She wads the leader of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) which united local suffrage groups from all over Britain. There methods of trying to gain the vote were peaceful. They produced a journal called "The Common Cause," they made speeches and presented petitions to parliament. In 1907 they gained the support of the Artists Suffrage League whish designed symbols and banners for the group. They chose the colours red, white and green and wore them on their hats, badges and on the banners. ...read more.

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If they died out of prison, this was no embarrassment to the government. However, they did not die but those who were released were so weak that they could take no part in violent Suffragette struggles. When those arrested had regained their strength, they were re-arrested for the most trivial of reason and the whole process started again. This, from the government's point of view, was a very simple but effective weapon against the Suffragettes. As a result, the Suffragettes became more extreme. The most famous act associated with the Suffragettes was at the June 1913 Derby when Emily Wilding Davison threw herself under the King's horse, Anmer, as it rounded Tattenham Corner. She was killed and the Suffragettes had their first martyr. The jockey Herbert Jones was also injured he had a fractured rib, a bruised face and slight concussion. However, her actions probably did more harm than good to the cause. Emily Wilding Davison was very badly injured. She was taken to Epsom Cottage Hospital. She never regained consciousness and it appeared that her heart was damaged in the impact. On the Wednesday evening, the king asked about Emily's well being but the doctors then realised that she had been seriously injured. They called for Mr. Mansell Moullin, a consultant surgeon at London Hospital, to assist them. ...read more.

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This work was not popular for middle class women and harmful to health. Before the war Herbert Asquith opposed to giving women the vote. His attitude changed in 1917. it changed because he saw that the women could work just as well as men. He said " The women are great workers they do just as well as men " he then was for the vote. Conclusion I think that world war one was more affective to gain the vote for women. I think this because the suffragette campaign was like terrorism. If the government gave into the suffragettes, it would leave the chance for other people to be violent to get what they want. The war gave new chances for women to prove themselves as good as or even better than men. They showed they had the skills and knowledge to fill in for men. When the war was over, the women asked for the vote again. The government had no arguments against this because the women had shown how intelligent and skilled they were. The women had shown them, that in times of great need, they could keep a cool head and work just as hard as men. The government gave the women the vote when the war was over. They now had freedom of speech and the chance to live their lives how they wanted to. By Cheryl Kelsall ...read more.

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