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Which of the factors listed below do you think was the main reason why attitudes towards woman had changed by 1918?

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Which of the factors listed below do you think was the main reason why attitudes towards woman had changed by 1918? a) activities of the suffragettes b) women's war work c) the way women were presented by the media d) women had become more confident and assertive There were many reasons as to why attitudes towards women had changed by 1918 and I shall list but a few of them. The first important reason was the activities of the suffragettes. The Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) was founded in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst. Its aim was to reach equality and justice for women. The organisation had the motto Deeds Not Words and therefore carried out militant action in order to put their point across. Because they used so much violence, throwing stones at windows for example, it made people realise the extent of their seriousness about the matter. It made people think that if the suffragettes felt so strongly about it then perhaps they should think about it too. Thinking about it led some people to believe in the ill treatment of women and this changed their attitudes towards the woman kind as they felt sympathy and anger. Their motto was not only to change attitudes for the best though. ...read more.

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They had helped to win the war, and at the same time, overturned society's views about men's and women's roles. This effort towards the war by women played a vital role in the changing of attitudes towards women. Also because of the Great War comes the next point. Because of World War One and women's war work, the Government decided to show some approval to the women as their efforts had meant so much in the war. They therefore influenced the media to write encouraging and supporting things about women. Because so many people read the newspapers the effect of this was massive. Because the media wrote good things about women all kinds of different people changed their thoughts about the matter. However, the media didn't just write good things about women. Because of the extent of the suffragette violence, many people found themselves reading about it in the newspapers. Very often, the articles written were not good, and although some people may have thought that the media was being harsh on women and therefore creating some sympathy towards them, the majority went along with the ideas of the government about the WSPU and therefore women. However, this publicity did make some people realise that women weren't incapable of most things as they were attracting attention to their unjust treatment and succeeding in attracting people's attention to the matter at hand. ...read more.

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"They say that persons who wantonly destroy property and endanger lives must be either desperately wicked or entirely unbalanced. They are gradually coming to the conclusion that many of the militant Suffragettes are not altogether responsible for their acts. The growth of that belief will not improve the prospects of woman suffrage. The bulk of the Suffragist Party and of their leaders are doubtless conscious of this truth. They seem, however, to be quite unable...to prevent crimes, the utter insanity of which, as a means of political propaganda is even more striking than their wickedness. We are much mistaken if yesterday's exhibition does not do more hurt to the cause of women suffrage..." I think that the main reason for the changing of attitudes towards women was women's war work. If it hadn't of been for that, then I feel that the suffragettes would of got only a small privilege, if one at all. Women's war work suggested to men that women could do men's jobs and women gained much respect from that suggestion. However, all of the reasons I have listed have played a big part in the changing of attitudes towards women. They all proved that women are equal to men, and deserve the respect and lifestyle to match that equality. If it wasn't for any of the above things, then women would almost certainly not be where they are in today's society. ...read more.

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