What in your view was the short term significance of the 1918 Representation of the People Act?

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The Representation of the People Act of 1918 is often seen to be the start of female suffrage in Great Britain. This bill was passed by the House of Commons with 385 votes for the act, challenged against by a small majority of only 55. This surprised the Suffragettes as well as a number of other suffragist movements greatly as they did not expect this much support from any form of government. The 1918 Representation of the People Act finally gave women the vote, however the women would only receive it if they owned their own property and were over the age of 30. Although not any women could vote as a result of this, it was a huge stepping stone in working their way to achieve equality.

The 1918 Representation of the People Act changed the status of women a great deal, firstly it obviously allowed the women that qualified to vote, and this was a great improvement to what they could previously do before this act was passed, however now that women could vote there was a chance for many different acts to be passed that could further advance the rights of women in Britain. One of these acts that was passed from women being able to vote was the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919. This act enabled women to go in to jobs in the legal profession and civil service. This then further showed the equality between men and woman becoming closer and women were slowly but surely achieving their goals and receiving different abilities and privileges as a result of their campaigns. Women's status in society also changed a lot after these two acts as women could now do more in society, for example it would now be a great deal easier for a woman to go in to a shop and purchase something for themselves with nowhere near as much hassle; this co...

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...aken it on board. The purpose of the source shown above is to inform the House of Commons how women have worked so hard in order to achieve equality in Britain. Asquith uses the war to attempt to change the opinions of the House of Commons by identifying them as Britain’s saviour during the war was women’s salvation; he does this by saying that we would have not been able to carry on fighting in the war without it.

In conclusion the 1918 Representation of the People Act was a huge turning point in women's rights and allowed brand new opportunities to come forward as well as that it showed the rewards from the campaigns that had previously been performed. This Act would have encouraged the suffrage movement to continue what they were doing in order to achieve even more results and changes to the system to give women even more chances than they had already been given.

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