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Why woman failed to gain the right to vote between 1900 and 1914

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Mabasa Chakawhata - 1 - Why woman failed to gain the right to vote between 1900 and 1914 By 1914 women had tried many ways to gain attention for their cause, which was suffrage. Many groups had been formed both against and for their cause. Many had gained attention and suffered for it i.e. The Suffragettes (WSPU), but for all their efforts no matter how publicised or of significance both parties of the cause, violent and non-violent had nothing to show for their labours. Some long term factors were that many political parties such as The Conservatives did not support the cause for suffrage because they did not want to break with tradition and some members such as Lord Curzon believed that women were unable mentally to bestow enfranchisement upon. Although some PMs from the party supported the cause they never took any decisive action, afraid of upsetting party unity. These facts show that political parties did not take female suffrage seriously although The Labour Party did support the cause, but it was more of a universal approach. ...read more.


Mabasa Chakawhata - 1 - Also with reference to politics the government at the time were simply too tied up with other issues of great importance such as the threat of war and Irish rebellion all of which were of great consequence to the British empire if not dealt with. Another very important aspect of the short term causes were that the trade unions could simply not agree on whether or not to support the suffrage campaign. This antagonism towards the issue hadn't changed much since an earlier meeting was held on the issue, but the same division was evident. If the trade unions had made a decision in favour of suffrage the backing would be an immense builder of support since the trade unions represented the working class,the backbone of the country since they were the majority. Again a major long term has rolled into the short term criteria (political parties took no decisive action) unity was lacking and the issue had rolled over into the twentieth century, although they (suffragists and suffragettes) did intertwine in a very discrete way. ...read more.


Other factors that tipped the scale the wrong side of good for the cause were the general non-backing of the majority of religious sects although there were some other sects it just wasn't a majority. The Press gave the issue much needed attention, since suffragette methods gained them much of the headline news i.e. putting chemicals on golf courses, heckling MPs and so on, but the press provided condemnation and not support. Mabasa Chakawhata - 3 - While the suffragists opted for more peacefulness their methods never bared fruit. Also a lot of the opposite sex was either hostile to female suffrage or was simply not interested, some even formed anti-suffrage movements. From all these factors I can conclude that the bad outweigh the good, a majority goes on the wrong side of the issue, which didn't help matters. In particular a PM (Asquith) who was determined to go out of his way in order hinder the enfranchisement. The antagonistic views of the trade unions the majority of the population ,the backbone of Britain simply nailed down the coffin seal already laden with weight. These are in my view the main reason women did not gain the vote between 1900-1914. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ...read more.

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