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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. In August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany. Both the suffragettes and suffragists suspended their campaigns. Shortly after the outbreak of World War I, the government ordered the unconditional release of all suffrage prisoners. On August 13, Emmeline Pankhurst called a temporary suspension to militancy and asked her followers to support her in the war effort. The suffragette movement was now effectively over although some ex- WSPU members formed and joined other groupings that continued to campaign for women enfranchisement, such as the suffragettes of the WSPU, the independent WSPU, the Women's Freedom League, and the United Suffragists. Some leaders of the WSPU such as Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter. Christabel played an important role as speakers at meetings to recruit young men into the army. Others like Sylvia Pankhurst were opposed to the war and refused to carry out this role. ...read more.

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Also in 1925 the government realised it had a problem. The old voting system demanded that voters live in the same place for the twelve months before an election. So if there were to be an election during the war, most soldiers would not be able to vote. The government decided to change the law and make sure the 'war heroes' got their vote. Women groups saw their opportunity to include votes for women in the changed law. There were no demonstrations, but there were many meetings between women's leaders and politicians, and a flood of telegrams and letters were eventually sent to MP's. Women mostly worked for themselves during the war found themselves earning good wages for themselves during the war and were no longer dependant in their husbands but also women dressed and acted more freely during the war and felt more independent than men, but women started dressing more simpler with shorter skirts and sleeves. ...read more.

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The women who were campaigning for the rights of women voting were also smart because when the situation arose in August 1914 when Britain declared war on Germany, they knew that many men would have to go away so they paused their campaigning and went out to help cover the men's jobs and carry on working for them but also knowing this would help their opportunity to get the vote because all they had to do was a great job on covering for the men, so they knew the government would have to give the voted but also if they were going to give it because the politicians were scared after that the suffragettes might start their militant action again so they had no choice but to give the women the vote, which eventually came in 1918 which women over 30 gained the vote and so really women did do a good jobs during the war and deserved the vote. ...read more.

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