Women Receiving the Vote

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Women Receiving the Vote
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  1. INTRO
    • 20th century great struggle for universal suffrage
    • 6th Feb 1918 women finally got the vote albeit it was for those over 30 who were householders or married to one
  2. INTRO
    Historian
    John Ray - war work proved they deserved it
  3. IMPACT OF WW1
    Britain declared war on the 4th August 1918 - NUWSS suspended campaign

    Women worked in munition factories - gratitude and respect

    • Granted votes to avoid social revolution. Feared a revitalised Suffragette campaign
    • Women aware of influence
  4. IMPACT OF WW1
    historian
    AJP Taylor War smoothed the way for democracy
  5. IMPACT OF WW1
    but
    vote extended to "respectable" ladies over 30, not the young who worked

    war a catalyst but not important
  6. NUWSS
    • peaceful -
    • ignored
    • too peaceful
    • slow
    • no spark
  7. NUWSS
    but
    • by 1914 membership rose to 53,000
    • showed women be trusted
    • Persuasive - won over friendly back bench MPS, many accepted the principle
    • won over trade unions
    • were respected
  8. WSPU
    • militant "deeds not words"
    • seen as a nuisance and could not be trusted
    • National League of Opposing Womens Suffrage
  9. WSPU
    but
    • MASSIVE media attention
    • if not for WSPU the Liberal Government not have discussed women's suffrage before WW1
  10. CHANGING ATTITUDES
    • active in public affairs, town councils, school boards
    • Pugh "participation in local gov"
  11. CHANGING ATTITUDES
    entering
    education/university and becoming lawyers doctors

    Infant Custody Act and Married Womens Property Act 1882
  12. CHANGING ATTITUDES
    but
    • sexism
    • employers still biased
    • lacked spark
    • progress still slow
  13. EXAMPLE OF OTHER COUNTRIES
    • NZ, Finland, Australia had universal suffrage
    • Britain was presenting itself as "mother of democracy"
    • October 1917 Communist revolution in Russia - desire to strengthen parliamentary democracy
  14. EXAMPLE OF OTHER COUNTRIES
    but
    • without other factors it had little effect
    • not completely influenced by the actions of other countries
    • Britain still leading industrially

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