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Why, despite the suffragette activity, did women not get the vote by 1914?

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Why, despite the suffragette activity, did women not get the vote by 1914? During the years of 1903 to 1914, there were many possible reasons why women had not gained the vote, despite the protest of many women and men. The question is what is the main reason was for women not getting the vote, was it the suffragettes militant actions, the traditional role of a women, the changes of the electoral system, or was it just because of the three major political parties in charge at that time. Some believe it was because they had already rejected the bill for women to get the vote 6 times. Many people thought that the enfranchisement of women was bound to happen sooner or later. There were plenty of women as well as men who fought furiously to stop MP's from giving women the vote. Some MP's believed that women were less intelligent than men and were more emotional than men, However many upper-class men and women believed that it was God's idea that men should rule over women, because Eve was formed from one of Adam's ribs, so therefore she must obey him. ...read more.

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In the Daily Mirror they comment on when the Suffragettes began their campaign they were mistaken for featherheads, people didn't take them seriously, but they then proved that they are determined to shine to prove a point. They did this by frightening the government and breaking the law, which gave them more publicity and showed just how far women would go to get women the vote. In 1912 a group of Suffragettes produced a poster showing what a woman may be and yet not have the vote, and what a man may be and still not lose the vote. The poster is highlighting that a women may become a nurse, doctor or even a teacher or a mother, who help with healthcare, save lives, teach children and bring up the next generation of children. The poster shows a mayor who helps with the running of the town, this shows that women do have some political responsibility but cannot vote for MPs. However the other side of the poster shows that a man can be a convict, a drunkard, and a lunatic. All these men can still vote even though they break laws, don't look after their family and show much reasonability, and physically and also be mentally unwell and still be able to vote. ...read more.

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When women decided they wanted to vote, to the liberal party this really wasn't a winner for them. this was because of the outbreak of the WW1 and then there was the problem in Ireland where they wanted to self-govern themselves and stop northern Ireland controlling everything but the liberal party had taken a note about the vote, they thought about extending the age for men to vote to over 21, and letting some women vote, which Emmeline Pankhurst favoured. However not every man could vote either, only household owners or renters over 21 could vote, so it was mainly upper class. If the same rule applied to women then it would create more upper-class women who would properly vote for the conservative party. I think that in my opinion women would have got the vote, if a major political party would have been prepared to accept women and their policy and give the vote, but I believe this did not happen because of the suffragettes. The violence did them nothing to help them get the vote and to be true it really did not favour their campaign, it only turned people the other way. The NUWSS didn't even want to co - operate even though they both wanted the same thing ?? ?? ?? ?? Bianca Chanel Orum ...read more.

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