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Why did women receive the vote in the early 20th centaury

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Why did women receive the vote in the early 20th centaury? Question 1:- study source A, what can you learn form this source about the reasons by the suffragettes for demanding votes for women? The poster from source A was produced in 1912 by the suffragette group. This group resorted to militant actions and yet this poster shows that they were willing to try more peaceful methods if it would work. The poster emphasises the point across that women could do the same jobs as men to the same standard as them or possibly better than a man. It shows that a man could be a convict and not lose the vote and yet a woman could be a doctor or a mayor and not gain the vote. The source shows that women were not getting the vote and yet had deserved it because of the work that they had done and men despite not deserving it as much, still had it. The peaceful actions that the suffragettes used in this poster did not succeed and the poster did not help women to get the vote. This poster was created by an organisation that was of female majority and it showed that they wanted the right to suffrage and why they deserved it. Question 2:- Study sources B and C, does source B support the evidence of source C about the suffragette campaign? ...read more.

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From this source you can gain the knowledge that the politicians were becoming scared of the fact that there were more women than men in Britain at the time. This meant that if women were given suffrage they would vote against an act of war and Britain's empire would soon decrease in size. This would be bad for Britain because if they began to lose the empire then other countries would begin to feel in control and another world war at the time would have been inevitable. In the extract from Emily Pankhurst's book it shows that politicians and the suffragists are very similar in their actions and means. From this source you can gain the knowledge that a large proportion of the upper and middle class including the males are in favour of women's rights to vote. Towards the end of the extract the author makes the statement that the suffragettes are willing to fight for their cause. This is a typical suffragette response and is a very un-lady like one. Question 4: - study source F and G. How useful are these two sources as evidence for the contribution of women to the war effort in the years 1914-1918? The two sources are not very good at explaining the contribution of when in the war. ...read more.

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In 1897 this group broke into two the suffragists and the newly formed suffragettes. The suffragettes began to use violent measures to get their point across. The work done by both of these groups led people into the knowledge that women wanted suffrage and they were willing to do anything to get it. Many historians took into account that without the work that women did throughout the course of the war Great Britain would have lost. It was these two groups, the suffragists and the suffragettes, who pushed aside their cause and took up their roles on what the government needed of them. An alternate view on the way that women received the suffrage that they wanted was that there were a lot of changes in democratic belief at the time so some people believe that it was inevitable that they received it. There were many changes in women's rights throughout the latter part of the 19th century like the matrimonial causes act. With all of these political changes happening, it would be inevitable that women would receive the right to vote. Source I helps you to understand the impact of the war on British democracy. It tells you how some men at the time just saw women in a new light. And also people may have thought at the time that they had helped the county and without them they would have been conquered. ?? ?? ?? ?? David Matthewson 10P Votes for Women Coursework ...read more.

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