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The Ways in Which the Methods of the Suffragists and the Suffragettes Were Different

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The Ways in Which the Methods of the Suffragists and the Suffragettes Were Different

Women wanted suffrage and equality to men. In an attempt to gain votes

for women, two protest groups called the Suffragists and the

Suffragettes were formed to try and change the law so women could vote

and work in higher paying, more important jobs. Both groups wanted

suffrage but on slightly different terms.

The Suffragists took less radical approach and did not use violence,

however some women felt as though they were getting nowhere with this

passive protesting and formed the Suffragettes, who were extremely

militant. Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenny were the first to get

arrested for their militant actions. The two suffragettes began to

shout at Churchill during a Liberal Party election on 13th October

1905, when he refused to answer their questions; they were thrown out

and spent the night a few nights in jail after refusing to pay a fine

for their actions. Churchill attempted to pay the fines at Strangeways

Jail but the governor refused to accept the money; for the

suffragettes this was an excellent way to attract attention. The

Suffragettes were run like a dictatorship by Emmeline Pankhurst and

all orders were taken from her; the main branch was totally controlled

by her, but the local branches had more freedom. The Suffragettes

began to include votes for working class women in their protests. The

Suffragists did not want to be linked to any single party, however the

newly formed Labour did support female suffrage up to the general

election 1906 when they began to fear if women had the vote the would

use it to vote conservative.

The Suffragettes and the Suffragists used similar tactics to persuade

the government to grant women's suffrage but the Suffragettes were

more militant. The Suffragetes would post themselves to 10 Downing

Street, chain themselves to rails, graffiti on the Houses of

Parliament, along with having fights with police. Many Suffragettes

were sent to prison for their militancy and often went of hunger

strikes in prison at first the suffragettes were released but the
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