Women's Right to Vote due to Their Contribution to the War Effort In 1918 a major milestone was reached in the fight for women's equality rights, this was women being granted suffrage by the government. During the physical endurance of the four years of the war, women proving themselves equal to men, they were rewarded the vote. The Electoral Reform bill was passed which granted voting rights to all female property owners over 30. Some historians say women were never given the vote; it was hard fought for and won. 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.
Millicent Fawcett wrote in 1911 that she wanted the NUWSS to show the world how to gain reforms without violence, without killing people and blowing up buildings and doing the other silly things that men have done when they wanted the laws altered. The Suffragists issued leaflets, collecting petitions and held meetings. They also met with politicians and argued their case. At election times they helped any candidate who supported women's suffrage. By 1900 more than half MP's said they wanted to give the vote to women.
This was effective because many powerful lawmakers lost supporters and felt pressure to pass suffrage laws. Campaigning for an amendment and holding the party in power responsible were ... ... middle of paper ... ...d more people about suffrage and gained more support for her cause. Alice Paul played an important role in the passage of the 19th Amendment and was successful because of her political strategies, radical tactics and how she spread awareness for suffrage. In addition to her involvement in suffrage, she also worked with international rights and drafted the Equal Rights Amendment. Without Alice Paul, the United States wouldn’t have given women the right to vote as quickly, or even not at all.
Yet, no matter how many men indulged in these acts only the women were seen as diseased and sources of contamination that needed regulated (Wilson, The Victorians, pp. 308. Women began to take notice, and they were not having it and they began to take action. The women of the upper middle class started the nineteenth century women’s movement. These women would go on to forever alter the lives of their sisters and daughters by advocating for equal educational rights, equal parental rights, and for political suffrage (Wilson, The Victorians, pp.
Campaigns for Women Suffrage and their Effectiveness Throughout the nineteenth century, the suffragists and the suffragettes worked hard campaigning for women suffrage. Finally, in 1918, the vote was given to women, but only women over thirty. But suffrage campaigns, although important, were not the only reason that the franchise was granted. Some other reasons include, a fear of the return of suffragette activity, the government following an international trend, the government making changes to the voting system anyway, and the Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, being more sympathetic to the cause that the previous Prime Minister was. The long-term factor was, in fact, the suffrage campaigns.
The Acquisition of Women's Suffrage In this essay I will Asses the validity of the two views on why women over 30 gained the vote in 1918. Some people believe that women got the vote because of the struggle to gain the vote, for example the activities of the Suffragists and Suffragettes. Other people however, would argue that women got the vote due to their contribution to the war effort. Those people who believe that it was the activities or the campaign of the Suffragists and Suffragettes that earned women the vote in 1918 would argue that their activities made the public realise that women could be doing other things apart from looking after the children. They made a lot of effort to try and convince other women that men were not better than them by producing their own newspapers, holding public meetings, presenting petitions to the government and forming peaceful marches.
Another factor that helped women to get suffrage was international trend. By 1918 Denmark, New Zealand and Norway had already given women the vote, and Britain did not want to seem out of step. They decided to make a change in parliament when they replaced some anti-women’s suffrage MPs with those who were pro-women’s suffrage.
After all this hard work, death’s and imprisonments women finally gained suffrage . This was because of the first world war, women finally had the chance to show men that they’re just as good as them! Millicent Fawcett started the National Union of Women’s Suffrage, what we know as the suffragists late in the 1890’s. She believed in peaceful protest. She felt that any violence or trouble would persuade men that women could not be trusted with the vote.
As I mentioned before, the “idea” of ERA was first introduced by Alice Paul, a woman who fought hard with many others for what they believed was right. Women had their first victory against government conflicts in the 1920s with the 19th amendment being accepted. This amendment gave women the right to vote, yet Alice Paul believed that women should be given more rather than just the right to vote. Women in the 1920s were freer, they rebelled against society by wearing heavy makeup, shorter skirts, and bobbed hair. These women symbolized the liberation of women during the 1920s (qtd by Mr. Liss).
The women of this class took Marie's ideals and created has come to be known as the feminist movement. These women were educated, and it was obvious to them the rights they were missing, because they saw how the men of their class had acquired these rights with the new found wealth. The goals of the Women's Movement in the 19th century were to get the vote, to archive equality in property rights, access to education, access to jobs and fair pay, divorce, and children's custody. In spite of a few changes women still where a long way from archiving equality at the end of the 19th century, so the women of the 20th century following in the foot step of their feminist ancestors continued the fight for the total realization of all of these goals. Women fight ... ... middle of paper ... ...transformations can be seen as extensions of the goals set in the 19th century.