When WW1 started the women's suffrage campaign stopped, do you think this helped or hindered their chances of winning the vote?

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When world war 1 started, the suffragettes immediately called a halt to the violnce and urged its members to join the war effort. It is seen by some as a good thing, as their violent antics stopped and a more matture side to them was revealed. However it is also seen as abad thing because the start of the war put a halt to their campaign. I want to know reasons why halting their campaign was a bad thing for their campaign, and also reasons why halting their campaign was a good thing. 

Posted Mon 10th December, 2012 @ 21:15 by Anna Marshall

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One good thing that come after WW1 was that some women actually got the vote after this as they proved they were worthy after taking on all the jobs from men that had gone of to war. But it also caused spilts in the groups especially in the suffragettes when Emmeline thought that they should give up campaigning for the time being as they had been plunged into WW1 but her family disagreed saying that they should continue campaigning more than ever. 

Answered Thu 13th December, 2012 @ 17:30 by SophieClaire
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You do GCSE History init? Do you have your exam in Janduary or June 2013? I took History as well, good luck with it. I personally think WW1 helped women as it gave them an opportunity to show the goverment and nation that women are capable of doing mens job while they were fighting at the frontlines. Women worked in munition factories and as bus drivers.Despite the fact many women were often injured after working long hours in munition factories it showed how rational and patriotic they are. Their war efforts eventulally gave them the vote known as the Representation of the People Act in 1918. Hope this as helped. Also here is a resource that helped me to revise in a range of ways:  


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Answered Thu 13th December, 2012 @ 20:19 by Simran0919
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Although it stopped their campaign for a few years, women gained the vote very soon after the war. Many believe this is because women showed how valuable they were - they were able to do hundreds of jobs that were normally done by men. Furthermore, after the war women didn't all just go back home and cook dinner. They became a part of the working world and couldn't be ignored any more. The fact that they proved themselves to be so capable was no doubt a major factor in the gaining of votes for women.

Answered Sat 29th December, 2012 @ 14:48 by Sunset
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Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 20:14 by K.N
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The war is believed to have helped contribute to women getting the vote, however when you consider the age range of the women who did most of the war work (women in their 20's) and then the age of the women to whom the franchise was extended (30+) it seems less likely that their participation in the war effort had much to do with the reformations. 

Hope this helps add balance to your points :) 

Answered Tue 12th March, 2013 @ 15:24 by Zara
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The real reason they got the vote was not due to the stop of their campaign, but because they took over the jobs of the men during WW1 and porved themselves to be "mature" enough to have the vote, and the Prime Minister finally had a good reason to award them the vote, because of their vital work making weapons and working on farmland during the war.

Answered Sun 17th March, 2013 @ 19:45 by JessToLetYouKnow
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The suffragettes didn't stop campaigning - Emmeline Pankhurst went crazy for nationalist campaigning. They just changed tactic - instead of militancy, they devoted themselves to the war effort (and propaganda) to show women were capable.

Answered Wed 1st May, 2013 @ 19:09 by Bethan
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Not campaigning helped them to gain the vote as it showed they were being realistic as there's no point in getting the vote if your country is going to be taken over, so they decided to help which proved that they were as good as men.

Answered Tue 9th July, 2013 @ 13:05 by Alisha