Women and the right to vote:
Late 19th century, women had very few rights, they had no general election vote.
There had been some progress in gaining equality in education, the law and local government. Most of the politics was left to men.
Women campainging for the right to vote had no real power. Eventually some women bagan to adopt military tactics used earlier by men who wanted the vote.
Key factors of the suffragettes protest:
Attitudes of the aurthorites: Political protest was allowed as long as it was within the law and didn't cause any political embarrassment.
Publicity: They were successful in getting media attenciion but it did not always favour them.