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"Women over 30 gained the vote mainly because of the womens contributions to the war effort".

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"WOMEN OVER 30 GAINED THE VOTE MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE WOMENS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WAR EFFORT" In this essay, I will be giving my opinion of the statement "women over 30 gained the vote mainly because of the women's contributions to the war effort." The statement talks about all of the tasks that women underwent during the war. Since men went off to fight on the battlefield, women filled in their positions of every day jobs. I will be talking about these in my essay, as well as adding other key objectives women did to also gain the vote. I will begin my essay by explaining some of the reasons which make the statement above true. For the first reason I will be referring to the most obvious task the women underwent during the war, as many of them replaced the males jobs. As the war progressed, more and more men were lining up to sign up to join the army. As more men went on to war, they left behind their jobs, which for some were some very important positions. Some women took the role of men in some political fashion, but this was a small minority. ...read more.


Many events took place which was not in direct relation to the accomplishments made by women in the war effort. Soldiers who had fought in the war had lost their votes. There are various reasons why this had happened, one of the biggest reasons being that they had lost their lives during the war, and so when they had died they took their right to vote with them. Another reason why they had lost their vote is that after they had been in war for one year, some men were declared dead. When this happened, their name was wiped off of the electoral register. Also, other men who were alive could not vote since at that time, the postal service was not all that accurate, as many letters were undelivered. Before the world war, women could not vote. In 1916, the government held a conference where they discussed the issue of female suffrage. The conference took place over long periods of time, and then a law was passed in February 1918. The law changed from women having no vote whatsoever, to the new law giving women over 30 the vote. Although there were women who were over 30 and either owned or married a person who owned land or property, most of the women who had worked during the war were slightly or a lot younger than 30 years of age. ...read more.


The violence also lost them some of the support from their now former supporters. In summary, we can see that although women's contributions to the war effort was significant, there were a lot of contributions to male dominant leaders and soldiers, both during and after the war, as well as actions by the NUWSS and the WSPU before the war. In conclusion, a lot of work was put in before, during and after the war by many different people in many different ways, before, after and during the war. It would be unfair to say that women did all the work when there was some help from various other people, but women do deserve to have the most credit. The war effort from the women did help the situation a lot. Their work boosted morale for every woman out there, and their past failures was put to one side. They achieved a new found confidence in themselves through different ways; the feeling of helping to run a country, the money they get paid from their job and helping the country to battle on all gave this confidence that they needed. I personally half-heartedly agree with the statement, as although women did do most of the work and got the target they were looking to do, there were still a lot of people who remain unmentioned and deserve to be mentioned. ...read more.

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