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Women over 30 gained the vote in 1918 mainly because of women(TM)s(TM) contributions to the war effort. Do you agree?

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Women over 30 gained the vote in 1918 mainly because of women's' contributions to the war effort. Do you agree? Lots of women worked in factories during the war this helped them get the vote in many different ways, but there are also lots of other reasons why women got the vote without the help of the war. This essay will mainly agree but will also have a disagree side to it as well. I agree with the statement because, women played a vital role in the war as in 1918 2,970,600 women worked in the manufacturing industry, where they made masses of munitions, which 1 million shells were fired in the bombardment week of the Somme. They also painted dope onto plane wings this caused them great toil as Sylvia Pankhurst wrote in her book. This shows us that women helped a lot. Not only did women work in factories in 1918 117,200 women worked in transport; they worked as conductors on trains and trams. ...read more.


The war effort gave normal women more confidence and "the spirit of independence," written in 1917 by a factory owner in Birmingham. So they could put forward a good case to the politicians so they could get the vote. The war gave women a chance to work and show men they are as just as good as them. The war gave a chance for women to learn new skills, and when you learn a new skill it makes you feel better and good about yourself and this normally gives you more confidence. This meant that having more confidence made women able to put forward a more pressing case for the vote instead of resorting to violence which was what the suffragettes did before the war. I disagree with the statement because there are other reasons which were more important than women's help in the war that got women over 30 the vote in 1918. If the war had never happened women would have still got the vote because there were different men in power because women got the vote 4 years later. ...read more.


Also more men were getting the right to vote and so it was easier to give women the vote at the same time and it could all go through the court case at once. Many women were helping in the community like being teachers, doctors, nurses and even mayors this surely meant that women got the vote in 1918. Whilst lots of women were being helpful, there were some men doing bad and wrong things like, being a proprietor of white slaves and a drunkard. There were also men who were out of their minds like lunatics and all these men still had the right to vote and women did not. This shows us that the government needed to give the vote to women in 1918, and if not surely take it away from the men who do not deserve the vote. Even though there were lots of other reasons why women got the vote in 1918 because the right people had come into power, I think that it was mainly down to the First World War why women got the vote in 1918 most women worked in the war and gained them the right to vote. ...read more.

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