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Women over 30 gained the vote mainly because of the war effort, do you agree? Explain your answer.

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Introduction

Caitlin Davies Women over 30 gained the vote mainly because of the war effort, do you agree? Explain your answer. In 1914, the suffragettes called a truce due to the outbreak of the war (WW1.) The suffragettes encouraged women to 'do their bit' in the war effort. Women over 30 gained the vote mainly because of their contribution in the war effort. However, women under 30 were considered 'flighty' and unable to make a decision without letting their emotions influence them in their final decision. The campaign before 1914 also contributed, but the war effort was the main factor. Women did jobs previously done by men, dangerous jobs. Women worked in munitions factories, making weapons for the men to use at war. ...read more.

Middle

Due to the hard work millions of women had done, the war was done and the country was as prosperous as ever. As men were fighting in the war, politicians realised that by joining the armed forces, thousands of men had accidentally lost their right to vote. War heroes without the right to vote was a humiliating thought for the politicians, so they began planning to give them the suffrage back. While drawing up plans, many politicians' realised women should have the rights to vote too. A small measure of women over thirty were given the vote for their effort in the war. Many women's movements ceased their battle for the vote when the war broke out. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although the war effort was the main reason why women over 30 gained the vote, the immense campaigning before 1914 also contributed to the gain. It also prepared the women for the vote; the NUWSS prided itself on preparing women for the vote democratically. The methods used by the WSPU laid the foundations for the future female voters, thus helping to prepare the women for vote. The WSPU were militant and damaged public property to get into the newspapers, whereas the NUWSS were constitutional and preferred to canvass peacefully. The WSPU was a very powerful movement, which had many supporters; its violent methods made it a movement people knew. The NUWSS was another powerful movement due to its well known peaceful protests. Their years of endless campaigning was stopped abruptly to help their country, this showed how patriotic the women were and how keen they were to help win the war. ...read more.

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