The Women 's Suffrage Movement

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Through the history, women have always fought for their rights creating a new space for their participation as citizens. After the First World War during the 1920s and 1930s new histories of women suffragettes have been written. During that period of time some activist groups were created, for instance, the Edwardian women’s suffrage movement that created in women a ‘Suffragette Spirit’ with the same goals and purposes even with the same militant procedures such as radical feminism that involved hunger strike and forcible feeding. This argument have become controversial due to different points of view in recent years. Another samples are the formation of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), a group led by Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst under an autocratic system; Women’s Freedom League (WFL), a self-proclaimed militant organization and National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). These groups were formed in Britain giving way to creation of some texts that explain the actions of the feminist groups and were the basis to achieve the right of suffragettes. Furthermore, the author of this article talks about a second narrative published in 1914 by Constance Lytton that explain about her own experiences in a militant period and personal sacrifice in an attempt to vote. Finally, her experience of militancy had become the archetype of suffrage militancy. In addition, she became in a feminist and kept touch with important members of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). According to Lytton (cited in Mayhall, 1995: 326) She said that whilst she felt sympathy towards men, children and even animals – those that she said were ‘down-trodden’ – she had completely ‘been blind to the particular sufferings ...

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...urred in the past. They provide relevant information at the same time that explain the points of view of feminist groups and how it have changed the history. In addition, the authors agree that the suffragette movements developed a radical way of feminism so women had to go through a series of acts of humiliation and self-sacrifice to achieve their purposes. On the other hand, they disagree with the creation of some women groups and the techniques that they used and in the way that they fought to have an equal pay. However, the authors use the same methods to show the problems in Britain during that time, in all the articles they talk about biographies and experiences of women to describe the historical and political identity in British feminism after the First World War. This identity could be improved thanks to the attempts of women to be considered like citizens.

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