Factors Leading to Women's Suffrage I personally think that it was not only the war that got women the vote, but it was a large factor. An argument against this is that other issues post war and suffragette activity that gained women the vote. When war broke out it had a huge impact on Britain economically and politically. Industry Trade Unions became extremely powerful and a woman voting was at the bottom of the government’s list of priorities. During the war, women played a huge part and showed great patriotic support.
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.
According to Ellen Carol Dubois, the campaigns to acquire women suffrage were not easy that they required voters to “be persuaded to welcome new and unpredictable constituencies into the political arena” (420). There was also severe resistance in the North about the immigrant vote and the exclusion of African American and poor whites in the South (420). Immigrants in the North and African American in the South were not fully qualified to vote for the women. Harriot Stanton Bl... ... middle of paper ... ...t change but reinforcing the belief women didn’t know anything about machinery works. That’s it, women were just secondary in the society even if they played an important in the war, their real place was said to be at home.
The Effect of Women's Contribution To the War Effort on Women's Voting Rights Women over thirty succeeded in getting the vote in 1918. The effort to get the vote had already massively started, but 1918 was straight after the First World War, so was it the main factor that won them the vote? Or maybe it just speeded up the inevitable changes that were already taking place? Or maybe it made little change to previous efforts? 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.
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.
Source B contains negative information about women working at a Londonaircraft works, painting aircraft wings. It cr... ... middle of paper ... ...aganda poster produced in 1916. It is useful because it shows the methods the Government used to get women to work. It also shows the fact that women were considered important by the Government towards the war effort. However, due to the fact that this propaganda; not all women would have been regarded as important during the First World War.
The Effect of the First World War on Women's Rights By 1918, when the war had ended, there had been a change of attitude towards women and the right to vote. The Representation of the People Act gave the vote to some women and before the war all attempts by the women's movement to get the vote passed through Parliament had failed. Therefore, the work done by women in the war (1914-1918) proved to be very important in bringing about the change of attitudes towards women and allowing some to vote. The work done by women in the war was a short-term reason. Attitudes towards women and giving them the vote had been changing for a long time before this.
However if women had not contributed to the war effort with the fervor that they did, parliament may not been able to justify giving women the vote. In this way I agree with the statement. Therefore on the basis of the above, I partially agree with the statement. The Women's Suffrage Movement in Britain 1866-1928 by Sophia A. van Wingerden Votes for Women (Women's History) by June Purvis and Sandra Stanley Holton Websites: http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Wwspu.htm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/53819.stm http://www.welshcommunists.co.uk/suff.htm http://www.encyclopedia.com/section/womansuf_InGreatBritain.asp
Overall I think that the main reason the suffragettes demanded the vote was because they felt that women were very capable of most things that created a good mind, and this point was clearly expressed in Source A. Source B is evidence of one woman who was against female suffrage. Her argument is that “women were and are destined to make voters rather than be voters themselves”, by this she means that the role of women is to produce children, and then influence them on who to vote for. She also states that she thinks that the suffrage campaign is a “shrill cry” of “disco... ... middle of paper ... ...ng the suffragettes after their a lot more pacifistic approach to the war. 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.
Although the way women were viewed by others certainly changed at this time, probably not in a good way. On a whole, thinking as a historian, I believe that that the First World War did not fully liberate British women. Women even up to the 1960’s and 70’s were not even close to becoming equal to men. I feel the events mentioned in my essay were important triggers to liberation, but they did not cause it. The Suffragettes played a crucial role in women’s liberation but the biggest trigger for it was the outbreak of War and efforts of British women and their contribution to victory.