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Women's suffrage is the right of women to vote. The women's suffrage movement was the struggle to gain the same right to vote as men. With a few exceptions, women today have the same voting rights as men

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History Essay Women's suffrage is the right of women to vote. The women's suffrage movement was the struggle to gain the same right to vote as men. With a few exceptions, women today have the same voting rights as men. However, this was not always the case. Women were only given the right to vote in 1918 after the government had been refusing in it for over 20 years. In 1918, after the end of the First World War women were given the right to vote, however we could ask why the government changed its mind after refusing for 21 years? A lot of things contributed to women getting the vote in Britain however it all started in 1879 when a group of middle-classed women formed the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (Suffragists), led by Millicent Fawcett. The group campaigned peacefully and wanted women to get the right to vote. The suffragists wanted to "gain reforms without violence, without killing people and blowing up buildings and doing other silly things that men have done when they wanted the laws altered". ...read more.

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She ran into the kings horse 'Anmer' and was badly injured. Emily Davison died 4 days later in hospital. The death of Emily Davison shocked the country throughout bringing the women's right to vote into the spotlight. Women around the country were inspired by her and renewed their fight with enthusiasm. The death and violent approach gained the suffragettes a lot of media attention which helped towards getting the vote but it did not get them the vote. The third stage of women getting the vote was when war broke out in 1914, and so far the women's right to vote campaign was a failure. The women decided to stop the campaign and they decided to help out in the war. They weren't allowed at first by the government so the suffragettes organised a huge demonstration in London for the "right to serve". The government was reluctant to let the women work at first because they were afraid that the women would prove that they are good at working. ...read more.

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We could say that the women's groups Suffragists and Suffragettes, along with the change in government had all contributed towards women getting the right to vote. Although the war also was beneficial as well because the country was weak and didn't want to deal .This group was mostly lower class, it heckled politicians, held marches, members chained themselves to railings, attacked policemen, broke windows, slashed paintings, set fire to buildings, threw bombs and went on hunger strike when they were sent to prison. Women in Britain had been campaigning since 1897 by forming organisations and making banners, leaflets ect. Other organisations tried to campaign violently by throwing bombs and strikes, although the government still refused. Women wanted to have equal rights because they paid taxes, voted in local elections and some women The government and most men however, believed the majority of women were too ignorant of politics to be able to use their vote properly and women did not fight in wars so they shouldn't be allowed to decide if the country goes into wars. The government refused to give women the right to vote until 1918. ...read more.

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