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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? Explain your answer.

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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? Explain your answer. After years of non-stop campaigning the fight for women's suffrage was put on hold when war broke out in 1914. Campaigning grinded to a halt in order for women to replace important male jobs, and help the soldiers out at war. It is commonly believed that women gained the vote purely because of their contribution to the war efforts. But is this the case? I believe that this is almost entirely the case, and that if war hadn't broken out that they would not have got the vote for many more years. ...read more.

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They also helped the wounded at the warfront, which was also very dangerous with risks of getting caught in the crossfire. Some women received hostility in farms, hospitals and factories, but were soon treated well when the help became increasingly valuable. Without the help of women during the war the nation would have ground to a halt. Hospitals would have huge waiting times, ammunition for the war would be made far too slowly, and there would be many untreated wounded soldiers. Because of this I believe men began to appreciate how much of a help women could be if they were not kept in the house all day. ...read more.

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However after they stopped campaigning and proved themselves during the war, he believes they have earnt the right to some measure of women's suffrage. Obviously, if there was never any campaigning before the war to give women the right to vote, then women would never have received the vote for a very long time. There are also smaller factors which could have helped achieve the vote such as the new Prime Minister supporting the right to vote, and many of the anti-suffrage supporters were away at war, and Labour MPs were in government, who had always supported women's suffrage. However I believe none of these reasons compare to how greatly their efforts in the war helped their cause, and finally help achieve the vote in 1918, over 50 years since the first campaign started. ...read more.

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