The Suffragettes

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Who was Protesting?
A group of middle-class women.
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Why were they Protesting?
Women wanted the right to vote in national elections.
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Who led the Protest?
Emmeline Pankhurst, along with her two daughters.
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When was the Protest?
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What was the NUWSS?
The National Union of Women's Suffrage Society was set up in 1897 by Millicent Fawcett. They too wanted the vote but belived women should work closely with the Liberal Party. They used more peaceful tactics.
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What was the NSPU?
The Women's Social and Political Union were much more militant than the NUWSS, and did not believe in cooperating with any political party. It was set up due to the lack of success from the NUWSS.
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What was the name of the Suffragette's Newspaper?
Votes for Women.
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What tactics did the Protestors use (1905-1908)?
Heckling, Disrupted political meetings, Chained themselves to railings in Downing St. and damaged property. In Oct. 1906, WSPU members broke the law by protesting in the House of Commons to pressure the Gov.
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What tactics did the Protestors use (1908-19013)?
(June 1908) WSPU marched to Hyde Park with over 300,000 people and had brass bands playing Suffragette songs. The Suffragettes in prison when on hunger strikes. (1912+) the WSPU became more violent: Organised window smashing, Arson, Bombing, Sabotage
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What influenced the Suffragette's tactics?
Women tried to adopt the same tactics used by men in the 19th century in their struggle for the right to vote.
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What was 'Black Friday' (18th Nov. 1910)?
When 300 suffragettes went to protest at Westminster, and were met by 6,000 police men. It was the first suffragette protest that was met with police violence and many women were assaulted and over 200 were arrested.
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How did the Government deal with Hunger-Strikers?
At first, the authorities force-fed them, but the WSPU publicity led the Government to pass the 'Cat and Mouse' Act.
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What was the 'Cat and Mouse' Act of 1913?
This act allowed the authorities to release a hunger-stricker before they became too ill and then re-arrest them once they had regained strength, in order to complete their sentence.
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Why was Emily Davidson a Martyr?
At the 1913 Derby she tried to stop the king's horse but was killed in the attempt.
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How did the Police deal with Suffragettes?
Violently. There was brutallity towards protestors, harsh prison senteces and some were force-fed in prison.
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How did the Public Respond?
The public often sympathised with the Suffragettes as they heard of and witnessed some of the police brutallity and treatement of the women.
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Why did the Protest end in 1914?
When war broke out, they called a political truce and supported the war effort.
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When were Women given the Vote?
In 1918, women housholders over 30 were given the vote. In 1928, all women over 21 had equal voting rights with men.
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Which Prime Minister supported the initial Act through Parliment granting Women the Vote?
David Lloyd George.
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