why did women get the vote 1918?

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  • WHY DID WOMEN GET THE VOTE IN 1918?
    • Historians argue over whether the Suffragettes' violent methods helped or hurt
    • GOV. FACTORS
      • Lloyd George replaced Asquith in 1916
      • Conservatives happy women had to be 30 for vote - younger working class women would vote labour
      • Liberals/ Labour happy ALL women (over 30) could vote - not just upperclass (conservative) women
      • It would look bad if the Gov. denied women the vote after they helped so much w/ the war effort
    • WORK IN WAR
      • Women had shown men they were capable of/responsible enough for work
    • WORLD WAR ONE
      • MPs wouldn't look stupid for suddenly changing their stance on women's votes
      • "Women don't help defend their countries" was an excuse people used before
    • BUT
      • Some women (e.g. Sylvia Pankhurst) were opposed to war effort
      • Lots of the women doing dangerous/ crucial work during the war didn't get the vote - young + working class
      • Men (esp. in Trade Unions) were afraid women coming to work would mean lower wages/losing their jobs

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