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"Without The First World War British Women Would Not Have Gained The Right To Vote In 1918"

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"Without The First World War British Women Would Not Have Gained The Right To Vote In 1918" I disagree with the statement that, if it were not for the War, women would never have gained the right to vote. Between 1900 and 1914 the many Female movements applied a vast amount of pressure on the Government. Making British women's suffrage inevitability rather than a possibility. The reason why they did achieve the vote in 1918 was not because of the Suffragette or Suffragist movements, neither was it solely because of the female involvement in the War. Rather that it is unjustifiable to not allow someone mentally capable a say in politics, when politics affects their way of life. Many who argued against women being allowed suffrage were Politicians, for example Source C: An argument against votes for women, from a speech made in 1912 by Lord Curzon, a Conservative leader. "Women do not have the experience to be able to vote. ...read more.

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It was essential that on such a grand scale War those women took over the jobs of men, in order to keep the country from bankruptcy and supply the much-needed munitions. Women did not just take over the male factory work, but also the work of police and other essential jobs. Today this seems self evident that Women would have to take over the lost jobs, but then, due to the status of women, it was a real eye opener to see women doing the jobs of men. Putting them on par with men. The novelty of it gained much publicity and helped in the fight for female suffrage. The success of women in the aid of the War effort showed to be extremely helpful in the women's cause. When in 1917 Lloyd George the British Prime Minister announced how greatly the Women's War work had helped change people's opinion on the subject of Women's Suffrage. ...read more.

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The sheer determination and will of Suffragette and Suffragist movements to acquire the vote was too much for the Government to ignore for much longer than 1914. Overall the Women War effort made little difference to women sooner or later getting the vote. Society's attitudes were changing on the status of women in Britain and continentally since it pioneered in the 1860's with the work of Caroline Norton. As democracy and justice, the morals on which our country was based and is still based were becoming clearly evident in other cases in the nation. So eventually women would obtain the right to vote. It was not though women's brave patriotic war service that they gained the right to vote in 1918; it was the gradual evolution of modern society's way of thought. The belief that we are all equal, and must be treated as equals. As women's as well as other once lesser people have obtained equal rights universally. In a strive to cut out sexism and racism as we can now see it's unfair effects. As we strive to put equality in to practice not just speech. ...read more.

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