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Why, despite the Suffragette activity, had women not gained the vote by the outbreak or the First World War?

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Why, despite the Suffragette activity, had women not gained the vote by the outbreak or the First World War? There were three main reasons that British women had not gained the vote by the start of World War one, these three aspects all contribute towards the outcome of the situation. One of the main reasons the women didn't gain the vote, was to do with the tactics and methods used by the Suffragettes. The Suffragette women portrayed the female population to be irrational, emotional and out of control. Source D, a book written by the famous suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, suggests women did use 'violent campaigning'. This campaigning included; Bombing Politicians homes, Arson attacks, Vandalism throughout the country, Hunger strikes and in some horrific cases Suicide. ...read more.

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The second reason women did not gain the vote was also to do with the womenfolk and their tactics. The Suffragists were the complete opposite to the Suffragettes. Although they were fighting for the same cause the tactics used were very different. Compared to the terrorist styles of fighting on the Suffragettes behalf, the Suffragists used a quantity of peaceful methods. These were methods such as Peaceful protests, national advertising and public speaking. None of these ways caught anybody's attention to the extent of full media coverage. In source D, Emmeline Pankhurst says, referring to the media exposure, 'it had never been that before. Now the newspapers are full of us'. This shows that no real outcome had evolved from the suffragist campaign. ...read more.

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It was also well known that MP's were against votes for women. Source E, part of a speech by an MP, states 'I have no hesitation in voting against the principle of giving the vote to women'. Sadly, for the women, this was not just the view of one man. Many members of parliament thought this and this meant that none or little votes for women's votes would be cast. Around in the early 1900's, when the women were campaigning, there were many other issues affecting politics. There was a possible chance that the first World War against Germany was about to start. Also there were other strikes to do with employment all over the United Kingdom and on top of that, Ireland was in flames. The women's drastic performance at this time was no reason to consider the vote. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tom Bletsoe - 10Gi ...read more.

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