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Who Did More To Help Women To Get The Vote - Suffragists Of Suffragettes?

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Who Did More To Help Women To Get The Vote - Suffragists Of Suffragettes? In the early 1800's, very few people were allowed to vote. Unlike modern times voting was not seen as a 'human right'. Only the rich were allowed to vote, it was thought that if you owned property then you were 'respectable' and were sensible enough to use the vote properly. There was also a gender qualification, in which only men could vote. In 1832, 1867 and 1884, Electoral Reform Acts were passed which reduced the property qualification, increasing the amount of men who could vote. By 1900, most working class men who had a permanent address could vote. But women were still not given the vote. In 1867, MP John Stuart Mill suggested giving women the vote. 73 MP's were in favour of the motion but the bill was abandoned. Recognising the support for women's suffrage, Mrs Millicent Garrett set up the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). ...read more.

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The suffragists some would argue were very effective, towards getting women the vote. They raised awareness of women's suffrage by collecting petitions (in 1910, they collected a petition of 280,000 signatures), arguing with politicians and by training women to speak in public meetings. They were effective in helping get women the vote by holding their first march in London. In 1907, there was a march known as the 'mud march (because of the weather), over 3000 women marched. Many men surprised to see so many women marching in public for their cause. This showed dedication by the suffragists. The suffragettes were effective in getting women the vote because of their violent methods. Their methods often included burning buildings and chaining themselves to railing in protest. These methods gained publicity. One of the most publicised actions for the suffragettes was the death of Emily Davison. On 5 June 1913, the famous horse race, the Epsom Derby took place. ...read more.

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However, the situation changed in 1914, when Britain declared war on Germany. Both groups of campaigners called of the protests during the war and agreed to help Britain fight the war. After the war, women gained more respect. This was because of their work during the war for Britain. Women were allowed to own property, divorce their partners and even fight in the army. In 1917, women over 30 were allowed to vote. In conclusion, I think that the Suffragettes did the most to get women the vote. Even though their violent methods gave Parliament a reason not give women the vote, after the war they had no choice since women played a major role during Britain's victory. Suffragettes generated publicity towards getting the vote especially Emily Davison, who gave her life whilst trying to get women the vote. Also, their violent methods made government more serious about giving women the vote, even before the war. The past decade of Suffragist campaigning only created empty promises from MP's. Arunan Tharmarajah 10HI 04/05/2007 ...read more.

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