To what extent did the First World War change the lives of women in Britain? The First World War was a time of loss, heartbreak and an endless fight for victory. It was the worst war the world had ever seen. But in amongst all of this suffering came an unexpected but positive outcome for women in Britain which had a huge effect on their lives. A wider range of jobs became available to them, they gained more independence and weren’t viewed as second citizens but most importantly, World War One lead to women in Britain gaining the vote.
Despite the publicity gained from this particular newspaper being quite derrogative towards the suffragettes, publicity was gained. It could be said that this made people realise that the Suffragettes were prepared to go to great lengths for suffrage. However, in reality if this particular paper was the only paper that a person read, all they would gain from reading this article is the fact that the Suffragettes are immature, reckless and quite frankly idiotic people who most definitely could not be trusted with the vote. We have to take into consideration that this source is not typical, being a conservative paper, addmitting that the action was a leap forward for the Suffraggettes would be kicking themselves in the teeth. Source 11 is an extract from Christabel Pankhurst's autobiography (Emeline's sister.)
The closure of WW1 marked a significant period in women’s history. The franchise was extended to women over 30 in 1918, enabling them to vote in national elections. However, this was less than the ‘universal adult suffrage’ they had sought, and even by 1918, it would take a further decade to achieve this. The key debate over this achievement, however, is over the contribution of peaceful tactics. Even before the creation of a specific national suffrage movement, certain rights had already been gained by women.
Even though women had the right to vote for a short time in the state of New Jersey, the idea of letting women vote was seen as ridiculous by most of the population. Many thought that women weren't suited to vote because of their gender. Although there were some efforts, such as the Seneca Falls Convention, to gain more rights for women, these efforts were not highly effective. Even the organizer of the Seneca Falls Convention, Lucretia Mott, believed women's suffrage too radical of an idea at the time. The removal of Native American tribes from their homelands was another undemocratic trend that was a large party of the 'Jacksonian Democracy' era.
The WSPU’s decision to adapt violent militancy during 1911-1914 was highly controversial. It is argued whether they helped or hindered the process for women. They were great for attention, but the attention was not always positive. They were mistreated but this worked to their advantage as it sparked public sympathy. Other negative attention was from those who felt alienated which resulted in anti-suffragette campaigns.
Between the period 1865 to 1950 woman’s rights were developing, it was not very consistent which denies continuity in the extension of women rights and it was mostly change for woman but without consistency. Women were viewed as inferior to men which were seen as it changed over the years but there was still signs of Women were still seen as inferior and society favoring men. Politically women were successful in campaigning but It the successes were prolonged and woman has been campaigning since 1848, Seneca Falls and socially women were progressing. Economically women had to adapt to changes and struggled more than men. Socially Women had many issues such as immigrants, contraception and changing of attitude.
The loss of support in the Tsar meant that more people sought to join the opposing groups, making them continuously more popular. Opposing groups such as the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks supported the act of a revolution which significantly increased the chances of such an occurrence. Nonetheless, some of the groups did not want revolution. The Octoberists for example were contented once the Tsar brought out the October manifesto. This effectively weakened the success of a revolution because of the lack of organization and co-operation.
These questions should be addressed when it comes to true women’s suffrage, because women’s suffrage is more than the right to vote. Globalization is affecting women’s suffrage with the changes in culture, religion, and other changes led by several key women who continue to speak out for freedom for women. Women’s Suffrage and Dignity for Women Globalization is bringing changes in the relations between the West and Islam concerning women’s suffrage. In the past women have been limited in obtaining different types of knowledge, however, technology is rapidly changing the relationship between gender and different “doors of knowledge” that have been limited in the past toward women and children under age 15 (Mazrui 97). Only men were able to have knowledge concerning politics, pornography, and corruption, however, now women are able to learn and known about these subjects due to the Internet.
Before 1918, women in Britain were not enfranchised to the vote on an equal status with men, though; they often worked for a living and paid taxes, just like men. I chose to talk about suffragettes and suffragists in the period of 1905 – 1914 firstly because as a woman I am related to it, and I am telling myself that, if these women did not exist and did not accomplish all they accomplished in that period, I may not be able to vote today, and for me the right to vote is something very important, especially when you know what did women in order to obtain it. I also chose this topic because I consider that the suffrage for women was a kind of revolution, a breaking up with the norms and traditions, and a big step for society at that time. Two principal organisations distinguished themselves in that period: The National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS, called the suffragists) and the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU, also called the suffragettes). These two organisations had the same aims (vote for women and equal rights with men), but were quite different.
Due to the Electoral College today, it is hard to say for some whether or not the process of voting is fair and actually matters, or if your vote as a citizen of the United States does not count and is simply a waste of time. Today I am going to share my opinion on this controversial topic. The Election Process 3 Is The Election Process Fair? According to UEN.org, an election is the process by which citizens select thousands of men and women they want to run their government- at all levels. Some people believe that the current election process we use in the United States of America is not a fair one.