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Arguments for votes for women
Women paid same rates and taxes as men
Britain would not be not a true democracy until
women could vote
Many women were already involved in politics at a
local level
Votes for women would improve life for all women
Lots of other countries permitted women the vote
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Arguments against votes for women
Men and women have different responsibilities; women
belonged in the home
Most women did not want the vote
Women were represented by their husbands
The current voting system worked ­ why change?
Women did not fight in wars and therefore did not
deserve the vote
Giving the vote to women would mean giving the vote to
all men, some of whom were not worthy
Women were irrational and would not vote wisely
Family life would be disrupted
Women lacked logical power because they are guided
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The Suffragists
Also known as the NUWSS ­ the National Union of Women's
Suffrage Societies
In 1897 the various societies were linked together by Millicent
It was a national, democratic organisation and so made the
women's movement far more powerful
By 1914 it had more than 400 members and over 100,000
They kept the issue of female suffrage in the public eye
Membership was mostly made up of middle class women, but
men were allowed to join as well
They were very good at propaganda ­ produced newsletters
and posters
Held large rallies such as Hyde Park Demonstration in 1908…read more

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The Suffragettes
Also known as the WSPU ­ the Women's Social and
Political Union
Founded in 1903 by Emmeline, Christabel and Sylvia
Leaders were not elected by members, the group
was very much controlled by the Pankhursts
Impatient with peaceful methods of suffragists, and
frustrated with their lack of progress
Decided the only way to achieve female suffrage
was direct action
Men were not allowed to join…read more

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The Suffragette's Direct Action
In 1905 Christabel Pankhurst attended a Liberal
Party meeting and began shouting
She was then removed by a policeman, before
punching him and having to spend 7 days in prison
They began in 1908 to break windows in Downing
Street and chaining themselves to railings
On 4th June 1913, Emily Davidson threw herself in
front of King George's horse at the Epsom Derby,
she died four days later…read more

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