Because some women were indifferent in regards to suffrage, they set back those who were working towards the greater good of the nation. However, the suffragettes were able to overcome these obstacles by altering their tactics, while still maintaining their objective. In 1869, two organizations for the promotion of women’s suffrage were founded with different opinions on how to reach the same goal. The National Women’s Suffrage Association (NWSA) was headed by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This group opposed the 15th amendment, while suggesting the passage and ratification of another, new amendment, specifically granting women the right to vote.
This maybe suggesting that if the war hadn’t taken place then Asquith would not have changed his view on the situation, otherwise the suffragettes would have continued acting violently. There were also many other reasons why women had achieved the vote in 1918. The fact that the Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, was in favour of the female suffrage would have swayed many people’s mind. If the Prime Minister was supporting women, then they had a very important name persuading others to follow in his direction. In conclusion I would have to disagree with the statement in the question, because women have obviously tried in a variety of ways to make sure they could get the vote.
Politicians lack of sympathy towards the cause could of also explain the lack of progress but also the suffrage movement’s inability to demonstrate to politicians why women deserved the vote could attribute to the lack of success in achieving the aims of female enfranchisement. The Women’s Social and Political Union was formed in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia. The WSPU took a far more radical approach to gaining female enfranchisement. Their militant tactics such as shouting in parliament and smashing windows brought the issue right to the forefront of British Politics but their tactics also backfired on them as many MPs believed their behaviour to be impulsive and stupid, making them doubt that women had the mental capabilities to be able to make an informed decision when voting. The WSPU was also ... ... middle of paper ... ...e put down mainly to the Suffragettes’ militant behaviour which led politicians to believe that women were reckless and were ruled by their emotions, making them potentially politically unstable.
Some people also thought that contributing to the community allowed women to be active citizens, but they did not need to vote in national elections. Another argument was that women were less intelligent than men and had no logical power and so it would be unwise to give them the vote. Women were considered to be childish, bad-tempered and more controlled by their womb than their brain. This view was clearly shown when Herbert Asquith said “They are for the most part hopelessly ignorant of politics, credulous to the last degree, and flickering with gusts of sentiment like a candle in the wind”. He was saying that they were gullible, indecisive and not interested in politics.
I am going to discuss the factors for the questions above to try to decide if the war was the main factor in achieving women’s suffrage. Women decided to stop campaigning when the First World War started, so that they could prove themselves as workers in doing jobs that only men could do before, but now could not because they were fighting. The work that they did was resented by some men because they were worried that women would completely take over jobs in industry, but suffragettes were getting much more respect from the government because of the work that they were doing. The jobs consisted of work towards the war, such as work towards the munition factories. On average they were doing these jobs just as well, or sometimes better, than men were doing them before.
Although the feminists of the 1920s did not significantly improve their economic status, they were able to boost their political status by passing the 19th Amendment for women’s suffrage. Before they could vote, women had very strict roles in society. Many people during the 1920s believed that when a woman spoke in public, she was “ignoring [her] biological weaknesses,” such as a smaller brain and more fragile physique (Krolokke 5). The argument continued, stating that these women were also harming their reproductive abilities (Krolokke 5). Suffragists first broke these stereotypes by engaging in public persuasion, which was deemed “unwomanly” by the people of the era (Krolokke 5).
In 1919, the nineteenth amendment, drafted by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton was passed. The 19th amendment has been desired by many women for years. Although the 19th amendment passed and women thought that they were able to be equal in politics, many women did not get equal political representation due to their conventional roles at the time period. Women were not able to achieve high roles in politics, shown through the fact that there has never been a woman president in the history of the United States. The presidency of women did not occur due to the perceptions that generally, women should be protected and hidden, not out in the open and leadin... ... middle of paper ... ...id.
Many women in America are capable and sufficient of being apart of T a i t 1! ￼the political race or any form of government official, however these women notice the race is unfair and discriminating to women, so they avoid joining. The bar between men and women in politics is not set equally. Women candidates in the political race have won a handful close primaries, however some of those few races were f... ... middle of paper ... ...remarks against women political candidates is causing a unfair and corrupt system in government. Jehmu Green said, "Sexism against women in the media has become normalized and accepted in a way that they would not be if the comments were racist.
The suffragists were more moderate as they protested and argued with the M.P.’S for the vote, however the suffragettes took a more violent approach as they went round smashing windows and chaining themselves up to things to get the attention for the vote. The actions of some of the suffragettes antagonised the public opinion, suffragettes were seen by many sections of society as trouble-causes who were trying to look good. Women felt and remained powerless at that time as they had the pressures of looking after large families, most women saw politics as a man’s preserve. As not all men were allowed to vote many believed that not all women should be allowed to vote. This was unacceptable to people in the ruling classes as they didn’t believe men of the lower order should be voting.
Many historians believe the war to be a turning point because not only did it seal women's victory over the government it secured their status in society as an equivalent to men. Women's emancipation came in three stages: the first was the long campaign of propaganda and organisation led by the dame Millicent Fawcett, the second was militant campaign of the suffragettes, and the third was the war. Had there been no war, the emancipation would have come, although more slowly. Therefore the war was not the most significant factor which led to the franchise. Other factors were far more important, such as the suffrage movement and other reasons.