Thus there were many reasons why attitudes were changing but work of women in the First World War was probably the main one. When war broke out in 1914, the Suffragists and Suffragettes stopped their campaigning to concentrate on helping towards the war effort. They 'filled in the gap' left by the men who went out to fight. The women took over jobs that the men did before and it was this, which changed men's view towards female suffrage. There had been a 'revolution in jobs' because women started to do jobs only men had done before.
Prior to this, traditional men and government used the excuse that women were weak-minded and to emotional to vote. But their participation in the war and them working in factories which were not designed for women, with hard work, long hours, chemicals and heavy metals, proved them to be capable. This had to be noticed by the government. Source H suggests that the war acted as a catalyst for women’s suffrage. It says people are mistaken about how much the war really did to gain women the vote.
We will take a look at the transformations and the progresses that World War I brought to women in Britain in the field of working opportunities, we will take a look at the key event for the suffrage and not clearly positive women’s situation within society, but enthusiasm among women themselves. We will see that this period was one of the most radical, but some of the changes were temporary. The first change in the lives of British women was when the war began, and the men had to leave their working positions to go and fight for their nation, it was up to women to replace them. This was the first step of a long journey. For the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century it was typical for wo... ... middle of paper ... ... not even imagine few years ago have been made.
These were known as suffragettes (WSPU) and started in 1903. This breakaway group was led by the Pankhurst family and used more militant and radical means. This made the general public and parliament realise that they could no longer ignore this campaign and something would have to be done. Even so it was still another fifty years until women finally got the vote. Prime Minster Asquith was strongly opposed to women’s suffrage but agreed to meet a deputation of women.
The Suffragists also supported the war, although as an organisation they did not actively encourage men to fight. They had built up considerable support by 1914 and by then it had become apparent that any new reform bill to do with voting would have to include women as well as men. In fact, they had built up so much support that some people believe the war actually delayed the inevitable and that women would have achieved suffrage earlier if the war had not distracted attention away from them. Many women wanted the “Right to serve”. This did not... ... middle of paper ... ...es without making any major changes, since the women who could now vote would be likely just to vote the same way as their husbands did, or used to if they had died.
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.
Women’s Contribution to the War Effort and Its Effects I agree that the main reason women over 30 got the vote in 1918 was because of their contribution to the war however I think there were many other reasons as well. Women helped a lot in the war effort in the First World War and this played a big part in why women over 30 got the vote in 1918. When war broke out in 1914 the Pankhursts called an end to the Suffragette campaign and urged all their members and supporters to help with the war effort. Because the war was only expected to be short, at the start women were often turned down when they offered to help the war effort. They weren’t expected to do more than make clothes for soldiers.
During World War 1 women played a major role in helping with the war effort. Although wars are considered a man's business; this is untrue due to the fact that without women the war would not have been able to proceed in success for the US. Women helped in many departments such as helping aid soldiers overseas by becoming nurses. They enlisted into the war, and lastly managed the businesses and jobs while the men were away fighting. This was an important time in history for women by proving that they can take over the men's jobs and do more than house hold work and taking care of the children.
She fought this, even though British law was against her as she was technically the property of her husband. She battled this until in 1873 the law was changed so that all women could see their children if they were divorced from their husband. It was because laws such as this were changed that others began to believe that it was possible to gain the women’s suffrage. Legal steps were then being taken to better the position of women, legal inequalities that faced women were beginning to then balance out. Another cause to why the women’s suffrage developed was because of economical reasons.
Beginning in the early 1900's, though, women began to want changes in society. They wanted to have a say in the decisions that were made, especially in the area of politics. They did not believe that men should be the only people allowed to vote, when they, too, were active members of society. Women's suffrage changed the face of the earth in many ways. It was the most important movement in showing the equality of men and women, and while to this day, there still may be some people that believe that women are inferior to men, the majority of people see that women are truly capable of doing anything that men can do.