Key Words/ Phrases - The Changing Position Of Women And The Suffrage Question 1860-1930 - AS Edexcel Unit 2 Option C2

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The Changing Position Of Women And The Suffrage Question 18601930
AS Edexcel Unit 2 Option C2
Glossary
(Possible Key Words/Phrases/Names that may come up during this course)
Age of consent - The age at which it is legal to have sexual relations with another person.
Agricultural gangs - Groups of farm labourers.
Almroth Wright - A scientist notable for his opposition to women's suffrage. He wrote The
Unexpurgated Case Against Woman Suffrage in 1913.
Amendment - A small change to an existing or proposed law.
Anglicans - Members of the Church of England.
Arson - Illegally and deliberately setting fire to property.
Arthur Balfour - A Conservative politician. British Prime Minister between 1902 and 1905.
Autocratic - Inflexible and dictatorial leadership by one person, or a small group of people.
Barbara Leigh Smith - A campaigner for women's rights in the nineteenth century.
Bestiality - Sexual intercourse with an animal.
Bigamy - The crime of marrying one person while still being legally married to another.
Bill - A proposed law. It becomes an Act once it is formally recognised as a law.
Boer War - A conflict between the British Empire and the Dutch free states in South Africa
between 1899 and 1902.
Bolshevik Revolution - The seizure of power in Russia in 1917 by a Communist group
known as the Bolshevik Party.
By-election - An election to the House of Commons due to the death or resignation of an
existing MP. By-elections happen between General Elections.
Called to the Bar - A phrase used to describe somebody who is qualified to act as a
barrister in a court of law.
Cat and Mouse Act - A slang term for the Prisoners (Temporary Discharge for III Health)
Act of 1913. The Act allowed the government to release suffragettes on hunger strike, only
to re-arrest them as soon as they resumed campaigning.
Census - An official survey of the population of a country, collecting data on age, location
and occupation.
Charter - A document setting out the rights of a person or group.

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Coalition Government - A government made up two or more political parties.
Communist - A member of the Communist Party. Communists believe that existing society
should be replaced by a society in which everyone is equal.
Conciliator - A person who aims to reconcile different people or groups with competing
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Emily Davison - A member of the WSPU.
Emmeline Pankhurst - The leader of the WSPU. Her daughters Christabel, Sylvia and Adela
also played leading roles in the organisation.
Empire - A group of countries brought together under the leadership of another country.
Endow - To give or bequeath.…read more

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Laid off - Made redundant.
Law Amendment Society - A Society established to campaign for legal equality for men
and women.
Liberal - A member of the Liberal Party.
Liberal Arts - Non-vocational subjects such as History, Literature, Philosophy and Classics.
Lord Chancellor - Britain's senior legal officer, responsible for the British justice system.
Lord Curzon - A Conservative Lord and outspoken opponent of women's suffrage.…read more

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Profession - A job requiring specialist training. For example, medicine, law and teaching.
Prostitute - A person who exchanges sexual favours for money.
Ramsey MacDonald ­ Leader of the Labour Party and British Prime Minister in 1924, and
from 1929 to 1935.
Rate-payers - People who pay local taxes.
Repeal - The removal or reversal of a law.…read more

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William Gladstone - A Liberal politician. Served as British Prime Minister on four occasions;
1868-1874, 1880-1885, February-July 1886 and 1892-1894.
Winston Churchill - A Liberal politician and journalist. Later, he joined the Conservative
Party and served as Prime Minister from 1940- 1945 and 1951-1955.
Women's Land Army - An organisation during the First World War to mobilise women to
work on farms.…read more

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