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Without the War British Women would not have gained the Right to Vote in 1918.

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This statement can be seen from different points of view. I do not disagree or agree, because I think the war effort helped women secure the vote. But I'm not saying that without war women would have got the vote. I will write about the Victorian society, suffragists and suffragettes, women's contribution during the war and why they got the vote in 1918. Before the war the Victorian society's view of women was very sexist. i.e. they were the weaker sex and their place was in the kitchen. Upper class women and lower class women didn't worry about this. It was the middle class that were educated and had time to think. They wanted the vote because they saw an injustice in the way of voting. 1897 a group of women called the suffragists were formed. They were a group of women campaigning peacefully for the vote i.e. petitions, shops with products, and letters to the government. The suffragists had a leader called Millicent Fawcett and they had 500 local branches over England. ...read more.


They went on mass hunger strikes; they cut telephone wires, smashed shop windows, set fire to post boxes. Source C shows that even while doing this many people were sexist and thought women were crazy. They thought the government would give into this violence and then give them the vote. In 1913 Emily Davidson killed during a derby horse race because she ran in front of the king's horse. This is before the war broke out. Many people think that the governments were going to give in to the suffragette's demands and give them the vote; other people think that the governments were never going to give the vote to women because of all the havoc they cause. This is why I am divided on the issue. When war came suffragettes stopped campaigning, and went to get jobs so they could help the war effort. The government also released over 1,000 suffragettes from prison. The suffragettes also gave funds to the government, although they had conflicting views about the war itself. Getting a new job also changed lives of many women. ...read more.


So in 1916 the government therefore began making plans for a new kind of list of registered voters. The suffragettes demanded that any new system of voting should include the women as well as the men. At this time more than a million women were doing work, either as jobs normally done by men, or nurses in the armed forces. This changed public opinion, many men who opposed votes for women now felt they had earned the right to vote. Now parliament could not refuse the vote for women after the war, because if they did the same things would have happened as before the war. But the governments were in debt so they could not waste any money. So in 1918 parliament finally changed the voting laws. A representation of the peoples act gave the vote to all men over 21 and to all women over 30 who were householders or married to householders. Ten years later in 1928 an equal franchise act reduced the voting age for women to 21 and scrapped the rule that women must be householders of wives of householders. So women for the first time had the same political rights as men. By Pritesh Sodha ...read more.

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