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Did war give women the vote?

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If you look through history you will find that war is often the reason why big changes happen. The First World War did change British society but was it the main reason why women were given the vote?

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When war broke out, Mrs Pankhurst decided to support the war and call a truce. We must put aside our differences and work with the government to win the war.

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Mrs Fawcett also supported the war effort but still campaigned for the vote. Like Mrs Pankhurst, I support the war but I will not lose sight of the reason why we have been fighting all these years..

What did women do during the war?:

What did women do during the war?

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Bus/Train drivers and conductors

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Factory work

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Repairing roads

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Police officers

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Nurses in France

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Building/repairing aircraft

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working in munitions

Some very important points::

Some very important points: Women did men’s jobs while they were fighting. Women did very dangerous work in munitions factories. The Women’s Land Army was set up to help farmers. Women worked in the VAD which sent them to France The Women’s Royal Naval Service The Women’s Royal Air Force

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Munitions – the most dangerous work for women Working in munitions was very dangerous with many accidents and exposure to chemicals. Explosive powder turned the skin yellow and caused lung diseases. Women with yellow skin got the nick name “canaries”.

Why was women’s war work important?:

Why was women’s war work important? Some historians say that it was women’s war work that got them the vote. Asquith How could we have carried on the war without women? I would find it impossible to withhold the vote from women now. They have proved themselves. So, even men like Asquith gave in and supported the idea in 1918!

But, the new law which gave women the vote in 1918 was originally designed for something else!:

But, the new law which gave women the vote in 1918 was originally designed for something else! Original Law To be able to vote men must be resident in the country for at least one year and be a householder. By 1917 the government thought that this law was out of date because many brave soldiers would return from the war (being away for more than a year) to find that they had lost the right to vote! We can’t have this! WE MUST HAVE A NEW LAW ABOUT VOTING!

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Lloyd George Give the vote to all men over 21 . Give the vote to women over the age of 30 Notes for new Representation of the People Act 1918 Some of my MPs think the women will resume their violent campaign again if we don’t give them the vote. He replaced Asquith as PM in 1916

So, four reasons so far….:

So, four reasons so far…. women’s war work Lloyd George replaced Asquith as PM. Lloyd George was not opposed to women having the vote. the need to give all men the vote fear that the suffragettes would resume their campaign of violence

What other reasons can you think of? Here is a picture clue.:

What other reasons can you think of? Here is a picture clue. Don’t forget Millicent Fawcett and the NUWSS . She worked for decades to win the vote peacefully. She won over a lot of MPs to the idea of giving women the vote. Sadly, her statue does not stand opposite the House of Commons today. But…………………………………

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….. this one does Emmeline Pankhurst who used terrorist tactics!

The reasons why women got the vote in 1918::

The reasons why women got the vote in 1918: women’s war work Lloyd George replaced Asquith as PM. Lloyd George was not opposed to women having the vote. the need to give all men the vote fear that the suffragettes would resume their campaign of violence the decades of work by Millicent Fawcett and the peaceful campaign

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