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Who did the most to win women the vote?

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Who did the most to win women the vote? Women wanted the right to vote. Its as simple as that. Or is it? Through years leading up to 1918 women done horrendous acts for the attention of getting the right to vote for women. There were many things women could not do without the vote, such as; Become lawyers, work in banks, to get a degree and in jobs they were paid a lot less than men. The vote would have a large affect on women's lives and would gain more respect for them. So why didn't women have the vote? Men didn't believe that women should hold such the large responsibility to have a say in how the county is run. Men thought women were irrational and hysterical. They say man was created by god to rule over women and we have no right to alter this. Unfortunatley for the women most mp's were men, so they were at a huge loss. Being able to get them on there side was going to be a long and hard job. After all this hard work, death's and imprisonments women finally gained suffrage . This was because of the first world war, women finally had the chance to show men that they're just as good as them! ...read more.


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 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. She was killed and the Suffragettes had their first martyr. However, her actions probably did more harm than good to the cause, as she was a highly educated women. Many men asked the simple question - if this is what a highly educated women would, what an earth would a less educated women do. So how can they possibly be given the responsibility of the vote? The sister campaigners for the right to vote, the Suffragists decided not to go on that route and were very peaceful with their campaigning they wrote letters to mp's, lead peaceful demonstrations and peaceful marches, Held publics meetings to raise awareness and presented petitions. Millicent Fawcett the founder, had a game plan , this was patience and logical arguments. She argued that if parliament made laws and that women had to obey those laws , then women should be a part in the process in making those laws! ...read more.


In conclusion, Women Finally got what they wanted suffrage, the right to vote. So who actually did the most to make this happen?! Well the suffragists were well on their way to getting the vote through non-violent acts and managed and one point to get 50% of politicians on their side. Unfortunately for them the suffragettes ruined it for them, by committing their militant actions that got worse through out the years they appalled the politicians which once again agreed women haven't got the knowledge or responsibility to have the vote. So most of the progress the suffragists made was ruined by the violence of suffragettes, But I wouldn't end this essay saying the suffragists did the most , I also wouldn't end it the suffragettes did the most. It was none, but the women her self each women that helped campaigning did the most. Any women that went into the war front or joined the FANY's , VAD's, did the most. Any women that took over men's jobs during the war did the most. It wasn't a certain group of women that impressed the politicians so much they got the vote. It was the hard work and team work and determination that all the women did through out the war that got them were we are today. ...read more.

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