Who Were The Suffragists & Suffragettes

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Who Were The Suffragists & Suffragette
In 1897 when Millicent Fawcett founded the National Union of Women's Suffrage
Societies. "Suffrage" means the right to vote. Millicent Fawcett believed in peaceful protest.
She felt that any violence or trouble would persuade men that women could not be trusted
to have the right to vote. Her game plan was patience and logical arguments. Men could join
the Suffragists.
In 1903 the Women's Social and Political Union was founded by Emmeline Pankhurst and
her daughters Christabel and Sylvia. Their tactics involved Militant, violent and
confrontational, often illegal and involving public disorder. Men were not allowed to be part
of this, the Suffragettes were quite antimale. They did things like smash windows and burn
gold courses.
Factor for Support:
The force feeding was an important factor in gaining support, as it was an awful ordeal
which generated public sympathy.
In the beginning, the two groups worked together as a united front, but the
violent methods of the W.S.P.U. led Mrs. Fawcett to withdraw her support
for the group, as she felt that this went against the cause.


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