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Women over 30 gained the vote in 1918 mainly because of women's contribution to the war effort. Do you agree?

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In 1867 the women' suffrage campaigns started and the Suffragettes and Suffragists began to campaign for votes for women. However, at the outbreak of the war in 1918, the votes for women campaigns ended and the two groups turned all their efforts into fighting the war effort. As more men were called up to fight more jobs needed filling and women were given the chance to expand their skills and show they were just as good as men. During the First World War, both the Suffragettes and the Suffragists stopped campaigning for the vote and began to help with the war effort. To show how much the war meant Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst gave the WSPU's funds to the government - to be used in the war effort. ...read more.

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By doing work which helped Britain and the allies win the war, women had proved that they were just as important as men to public life as well as home life. Women also felt a sense of gratitude for their efforts and contribution. The new attitude which women felt after the war had changed compared to before the war. A lot of people also remember the Suffragettes campaigns and felt it was unfair that women had been denied full political rights. By using the White Feather they began encouraged young men to go to war. The white feather was a symbol of cowardice among young men during the war. It was given by women to men out of uniform. ...read more.

Conclusion

Countries such as New Zealand and Australia where colonies of Britain, these democratic countries gained the vote so British government did not want to be seen as lagging behind. Also Britain was suppose to be one of the greatest countries in the world and so would want to stay track with other countries. Although the war was one of the reasons to which women over 30 gained the vote in 1918, it was not the only reason. Factors such as the change in government and other countries gaining the vote previously all had a part to play in the overall outcome. ?? ?? ?? ?? Question 3 - Women over 30 gained the vote in 1918 mainly because of women's contribution to the war effort. Do you agree? By Rachel Burnett 10R ...read more.

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