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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?

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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? I agree and disagree that women over 30 gained the vote in 1918 mainly because of women's contribution to the war effort. Women over 30 were given the vote as long as they were over 30 and owned property. This enfranchised about 8. 4 million women in all. This was still quite an achievement for women's suffrage campaigners. One of the reasons that women over 30 got the vote in 1918 was because of the Women's Suffrage campaigns that had been going on as far back as 1850. Women were originally thought of as delicate little things that did as men said and enjoyed doing the housework and looking after the children. These were the women's jobs and men didn't think they could do much else. ...read more.

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In one case a women, Emily Davidson died for the right for women to vote. Davidson threw herself in front of the King's horse at Epsom Derby and was trampled to death. This just shows how serious women were, which helped MP's sit up and take notice. During the war women also continued to campaign for the right to vote. Women were now stronger as they were contributing to the war effort, and more and more men were aware of their cause. The women said that there should be 'Votes for Women as well as Votes for Heroes'. Parliament thought that this was a strong point as the women had been playing their part. A third reason for women getting the vote was because of the war effort women contributed during World War Two. Emmeline Pankhurst called off the militant campaign as her response to the war; the government then ordered the release of all the imprisoned suffragettes. ...read more.

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Women in Finland and New Zealand had been given the vote and the British Government now felt that they had to be more easy-going towards women and the vote. In conclusion I disagree with the statement 'Women over 30 gained the vote in 1918 mainly because of the women's contribution to the war effort.' I think that women's contribution to the war effort definitely played a part in helping the campaign for votes for women and in helping men to realise that women were capable of making a genuine contribution to society. But I disagree that this was the main reason. Women's suffrage campaigns had been on going for years and I believe this to be the main reason. Also other factors such as 21-year-old men getting the vote And women in other countries being given the vote helped the British Parliament to consider giving women the vote. I think that the war acted as a catalyst and actually pushed parliament to eventually give women the vote that they had been procrastinating over doing for years. ...read more.

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