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© HarperCollins Publishers 2010 Significance How did different individuals help women get the vote?
© HarperCollins Publishers 2010 Significance Objectives In this activity you will: Describe how different individuals contributed to women gaining the vote in Britain.
© HarperCollins Publishers 2010 Significance How did different individuals help women to get the vote? Read the following screens to help you come to a conclusion about the role some individuals played in helping women get the vote. You may wish to take notes from each screen. You may wish to carry out extra research to help you complete the task more fully.
© HarperCollins Publishers 2010 Significance In 1903, Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters, Christable (below, with Emmeline) and Sylvia, established the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). They were known as suffragettes. Their organisation had one key aim, which was to persuade the British government to grant women the vote in Britain. How did different individuals help women to get the vote?
© HarperCollins Publishers 2010 Significance How did different individuals help women to get the vote? Emmeline Pankhurst used the following tactics: Marches Rallies Meetings Creating posters and banners Writing and distributing leaflets Adopting purple, white, and green campaigning colours
© HarperCollins Publishers 2010 Significance How did different individuals help women to get the vote? The WSPU decided to use more public, militant tactics. Suffragettes attacked the property of people who opposed their campaign. Some protestors were arrested and imprisoned. Some of these prisoners went on hunger strike. The government passed the ‘Cat and Mouse Act’ in 1913, which meant hunger strikers could be released from prison temporarily until they ended their hunger strike.
© HarperCollins Publishers 2010 Significance How did different individuals help women to get the vote? In 1913, Emily Davison was killed when she threw herself under the King’s horse at an annual horse race known as the ‘Derby’. She was attempting to raise publicity for the suffragette movement. WSPU had many divisions, and by 1914 many members of the British public opposed their violent tactics.
© HarperCollins Publishers 2010 Significance How did different individuals help women to get the vote? Many suffragettes halted their campaign for the vote during WWI (1914-1918), which gained them more support. During WWI women, performed important roles. Many women worked in factories to help the war effort. This gained more support for granting women the vote in Parliament and in the British newspapers.
© HarperCollins Publishers 2010 Significance How did different individuals help women to get the vote? In 1916, David Lloyd George became Prime Minister and he supported giving women the vote. In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave all women over the age of 30 the right to vote. In 1928, women were given the full voting rights that men had.
© HarperCollins Publishers 2010 Significance From the evidence, which individuals played a key part in helping women get the vote? (Images: Emmeline Pankhurst, Emily Davison, David Lloyd George.) How did different individuals help women to get the vote?
© HarperCollins Publishers 2010 Significance Do you think this is the whole story? What evidence might be missing? Where might you find it? Do you think it is possible for just one individual to cause a great change such as this one? How did different individuals help women to get the vote?
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