• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Politics essays

  1. Kashmir Issue and Mediation.

    with an aura of sanctity' amid muted criticism. The public perception in Pakistan (thanks to army and government propaganda) was that the war had been going well- the 'invaders' had been successfully repulsed from Lahore-that even agreeing to a cease-fire had been a mistake.

  2. Malta at the turn of the 19th Century.

    The Anti-Riformisti may be called a conservative and national movement, as it resisted any reforms on the island that were not favourable for the Maltese, resistance from any imperial domination and national abuse. In fact the Anti-Riformisti believed in a prospective nation, an independent nation with middle class attitudes.

  1. Describe the ways in which the methods of the Suffragettes and the Suffragists were ...

    so resisted any enfranchisement proposals for women but they still managed to attract a lot of attention, more so than the NUWSS. Philosophically, the two unions were essentially similar as they were both part of the same movement but within this framework of belief there were many differences.

  2. Who would you vote for?

    David Cameron is clearly a very nice man with a very nice family but he just doesn't represent society or even seem to be totally aware of it. Treating the electorate like they're stupid isn't the way to go about anything either.

  1. The Changing Role and Status of Women in Britain Since 1900

    They claimed that 'taxation without representation was tyranny'. The WSPU believed that militancy was a rebellion against Edwardian gender roles and that they were not only fighting for suffrage but independence for women. Their mild form of militancy had changed by 1908 to destruction of property and using violence against MP's.

  2. The changing role and state of women in Britain since 1900.

    They were used repeatedly used from 1832 onwards and relied on having passionate individual supporters e.g. Liberal Backbenchers. These tactics however relied on having the support of the Prime minister as well. However many Prime ministers completely blocked those bills calling it treachery against the party and questioned the faith of the member who brought it up.

  1. How powerful was Britainin 1900?

    as powerful as it did, and allow it to be feared over Europe from its enemies. The British currency in the Economy was the highest foreign value in trade, as the British pound was almost twice as high valued to its nearest competitor and Britain in addition to this had the highest percentage of world manufacturing output over the world.

  2. The Suffragettes & The Suffragists.

    did not value them as a particular problem so they decided to take militant style action towards them to gain their attention. As mentioned before, they set fire to pillar-boxes, interrupted political meetings and as in the case of Emily Davison, being killed for their cause.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work