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Arguments for

  • women over the last century had gained many rights
    • education - school and university
    • married women had control of their property
    • employment
      so why not the vote?
  • the vote would get rid of inequalities
  • it would improve men's moral behaviour towards women
  • other countries have given women the vote
  • Britain is not a true democracy until women have the vote
  • women pay taxes and rents along with men

Arguments against

  • women don't want the vote
  • women and men have 'separate spheres'
    • the idea that men are suited to the 'public sphere' - work, politics, etc. whilst womenare suited to the 'domestic sphere' - families, home life, etc. Therefore, women should not vote in elections.
  • women are already represented by their husbands
  • it is dangerous to change a system that already works
  • women don't fight for their country


  • The Suffragists was a combination of different women's societies which joined together in 1897 to make the National Union of Women's Suffrage (NUWSS)
  • Millicent Fawcett was their leader

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