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Women over 30 years gained the vote mainly because of women's contribution to the War effort - Do you agree?

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WOMEN OVER 30 YEARS GAINED THE VOTE MAINLY BECAUSE OF WOMEN'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE WAR EFFORT. DO YOU AGREE? Women gained the right to vote in the year 1918 for a number of reasons. They gained votes from doing such suffrage activities. Which involved the WSPU party, which were mainly all bad activities. They had some activities such as, window smashing and arson attacks that were quite bad and horrendous at times. They had other activities that were not illegal such as meetings and demonstrations. Women got to help in the war effort. They helped put in the war in different ways. They mainly helped out by doing most of the work that you would expect men to tackle. Work such as helping out by making ammunition for the war. Protection for the soldiers and any sort of equipment needed. Men would usually do these chores seeing as women back then did not know much about what was needed when goin into combat. This showed that women were not weak and could handle tough chores, which males would deal with. ...read more.

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When there were strikes against women workers some men complained of unhappiness- unskilled women taking over and doing the jobs of skilled men. So the government were pressurised to sign agreements with trade unions stating that women would not keep their jobs at the end of the war. So the need for women workers became even greater, on the other hand when the military service was given the thumbs up to go the acts were passed. These introduced recruitment or compulsory military service, into Britain for the very first time. This meant that even more women were needed to fill in for men by doing their jobs. The end of the war had recruited 3.5 men. The first positive move on the way to women receiving votes was made during the First World War. Thousands of men who had volunteered to fight for their country had accidentally lost the right to vote. This was embarrassing to the government, so intense plans were made to give them back the vote to reward women for their hard work during the war. Then finally on February 1918 the Representation of the people act was formed. ...read more.

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The liberals and the Labour party thought that the new proposed female body of voters was much too large and socially mixed to give benefit to the Conservatives. The conservatives recognised that by this time adult male suffrage was inescapable and so had little to lose and perhaps something to gain by women over 30 who were thought to be reasonable and understood easily. Munitions workers in the main were excluded from the vote were also major in gaining Conservative support. The workers were largely working class and might have voted and supported Labour. Therefore a compromise was made, no party got what it wanted. This compromise worked because it strengthened the support a more major scheme of worldwide suffrage. In the House of Commons, 385 MPs voted in favour and 55 against the clause in the representation of the People Bill supporting votes for women. The bill was then passed smoothly through the Lords largely because Lord Curzon, member of the Coalition Government and president of the League for the Opposing Women, suffrage, encouraged peers to abstain from voting if they could not support it. So on February 6th 1918 votes for women campaign ended after 60 years and they got the vote. ...read more.

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