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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 with this view? 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 with this view? Explain your answer. Yes, I do agree that women over 30 gained the vote in 1918 mainly because of the women's contribution to the war effort because in some ways, I believe that the Suffragettes' millitant campaign put people off giving women the vote because they thought that their actions were irresponsible, and it reduced support among the moderates and gave opponents an excuse to reject the idea of womens' suffrage. People may have thought that women weren't responsible enough to gain the vote if this was the way that they were acting. ...read more.

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In offices, the absence of men didn't prove to be a problem. Women were soon employed in place of the male clerks who joined up, and by the end of the war, half a million women had replaced the men's jobs in the office. As the war took it's toll on the male population, more and more women stepped in to fill the gaps. It was a kind of revolution, and this proved their responsibilty and equality to men. At this point in time, the morale of women would have been quite high because they had a lot going for them and they wanted to prove to everyone that they were capable of being independent, and this could make people think that if they had the ability to work in these different fields without much experience, then they would have the ablility to vote sensibly. ...read more.

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By 1916, women were even serving in the armed forces. No one could stop them now, as their argument was so strong. Finally, The House of Commons passed the Representation of the People Act in 1917 by a majority vote of seven to one. It then became law in 1918 and as a result of the Act, all males aged over 21 gained the right to vote and women over the age of 30 and women over 21 who were also householders or married to householders gained the vote too. This totalled to about 9 million women. So I think that the fact that they won the vote had a lot to do with their contributions to the war effort. It proved to everyone how capable they were to give help where it was needed, and so people thought that they must be capable enough to vote too. Claire Nerurker ~ 11SMG ...read more.

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