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"Women over 30 gained the right to vote in 1918 mainly because of Women's contribution to the War Effort" - Do you agree with this Statement? Explain your answer fully.

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"Women over 30 gained the right to vote in 1918 mainly because of Women's contribution to the War Effort." Do you agree with this Statement? Explain your answer fully After 1914, women stopped protesting for the vote, but for the Right to Serve. Women wanted to gain the right to help the country during wartime. They found it more important to be patriotic rather than to win the vote. Although this was the matter, the men would not let the women work! Many girl's brothers, fathers, husbands or sons would go out to war, and they would too like to help out a bit. MP's proclaimed women were only fit to "dress up and play the piano!" Although, this changed in 1915 due to two reasons, firstly, too many munitions workers in factories had been allowed to fight instead of stay home and work, so therefore, not enough munitions were being produced. ...read more.

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Women even did the "men's jobs" such as digging coal, driving vans and working cranes. Even the fashion of the average woman had changed drastically. Women would wear skirts up until the war time and would have long hair. As soon as the women started to work, they started to wear trousers and cut their hair short into "bobs" so that they could work comfortably. In 1915, two thousand women from 12 countries gathered in Hague, to discuss how to stop the war. Not all of the women wanted to help with war effort, but to stop the war finally! These women almost succeeded in doing so, until the last minute where the plan fell through and war continued. But, along with the war, there was still a sexist war back home between males and females in factories. ...read more.

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Work would be very easy to find during the war, some included driving ambulance vans. Women would volunteer to become a nurse and ambulance driver by joining the Red Cross society's "Voluntary Aid Detachment". They were known as VAD's. In 1917, women were also allowed to enlist in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps so that they would cook, drive and release men to go and fight, in 1918, they were accepted into the Women's Royal Navy Service and Women's Royal Air Force. They were finally given a chance to show how responsible they were. So, although women had shown how responsible they were, which might have gained a vote for themselves, they had also gained it in other reasons too. During the war time, countries around the world were starting to let women vote. It made Britain look very bad against the modern countries. So gradually ...read more.

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