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"'Women over the Age of Thirty Gained the Vote in 1918

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"'Women over the Age of Thirty Gained the Vote in 1918 Mainly Because Of Women's Contribution To The War Effort.' Do You Agree?" "Women over the age of thirty gained the vote in 1918 because of women's contribution to the war effort." I agree with this statement but I think there are lots of others factors that need to be thought about. I believe that there were many reasons why women over the age of thirty got the vote, women's contribution in the war being the highest on the list, but not the only factor. Other factors which in my opinion played a part are the coalition government, the female suffrage groups, an international move for women's suffrage, pressure from other members in the government, a new Prime Minister who was sympathetic towards women's suffrage, the war being an excuse for the government to give in and in 1918 the government having other priorities to deal with. I believe that the war was a main factor which lead to many things and impacted the fact that women got the vote. ...read more.

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This led to women leaving home, and becoming more independent. It also led to a social change, the women could go out to work on their own, before the war women would have to be accompanied to meet men by an older relative but now they were meeting men on their own, women were smoking and drinking in public, and having sex outside marriage, before the war this was seen as immoral. This started to change men's views on women, as women were starting to show their individualities more and also they saw that women deserved something because of their input during the war - they had proved that they could go to war' with the men. By having the vote it would make a huge difference, allowing them to speak out, about their rights and what they want, and they could cause change and stop the rich ruling their country. The war also had other effects but not through what the women did, it was more the men, as soldiers came home they didn't have a home, and ...read more.

Conclusion

This put pressure on the British government to act like the other countries and not fall behind them. In conclusion I think that the war was the main reason that the women got the vote but not only because of the work women did, I believe that it impacted why women got the vote but every factor contributed, some more than others, the war the most and the other factors helping to build up to the end outcome. I think a good quote that sums it all up is "It is clear that the suffragists had established strong support by the time the war broke out in 1914. Women's war work may have changed the opinions of a few people and given others a face saving excuse for giving them the vote," this was written by S.Holten in 1986 in her book 'Feminism and Democracy.' I think that this sums up my whole opinion, this is because it is saying about how the war changed things but also I feel there were definitely other factors. ...read more.

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