• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Britain 1905-1951 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Britain 1905-1951 essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    ''Without the First World War British women would not have gained the right to ...

    5 star(s)

    The campaign would undoubtedly have got women the vote eventually, as more and more pressure was piled on the Government to give women the vote, but the way in which World War One came along, giving women the chance to prove themselves, certainly brought forward the time when they got the vote.

  2. Why did women fail to gain the vote between 1900-1914?

    Plus they weren't married so had no one to make decisions for them so they, again, had more freedom. Women's attitude to sex had also changed. It was no longer a taboo subject but an everyday occurrence. Before the war you would not have even seen a women and man

  1. Women over the age of 30 gained the vote in 1918 mainly because of ...

    to see that women could do the same things as men and put the same amount into society. Despite all of their effort, they still did not get the vote. In the end it was the political battle and the general lack of eligible voters in the UK that ensured they got the vote.

  2. How was British society changed 1906 - 1918

    The main factors introduced were; * More people were allowed to vote * The issues concerning working class people were focused in Politic * There were Political Parties to represent people. The main two were the Tories and Liberals. The Trade Unions formed a new Party, Labour where 53 Labour MP's were elected in 1906.

  1. Did the First World War liberate British women?

    evidence towards any argument, it just basically describes what the suffragists and suffragettes were. Source B6 talks about a women suffragette who threw herself under the Kings horse at the Espom races. She went by the name of Emily Davison she was fatally injured and died.

  2. Changing attitudes to women and their right to vote

    Although the Suffragettes achieved great publicity for countless years, due to the fact that they were never far from the public eye meant that their ideas and campaign were practically forced onto the general public, and then took drastic measures to gain their attention.

  1. Changing attitudes to women and their right to vote.

    Another reason women failed to gain the vote between 1900 and 1914 was the attitude of male politicians. In general women were considered the weaker sex who were incapable of voting as they were too emotional and politics was considered not to be a 'woman's thing.'

  2. Women over the age of 30 gained the vote in 1918 mainly because of ...

    This shows the importance of the Suffragettes because they brought attention for women's campaign for suffrage. Moreover, they gained sympathy for women's suffrage, such as the hunger strikes and in 1913 when Emily Wilding Davison threw herself on the King's horse.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work