Most people — men and women — accepted the idea that women were naturally suited for domestic affairs, such as keeping house and raising children. Only men were fitted for public life and the rough-and-tumble world of politics. In the later 19th century, some women began to challenge this narrow view of the world.
Hundreds of thousands of supporters held meetings and signed petitions. However, some women believed that only direct action could force change.
These women staged headline-grabbing stunts, chaining themselves to railings and attacking property. Yet they risked turning the press and public against their cause. Would their tactics prove effective when war was looming?
Why women needed the vote Women had argued for — and won — new rights in the 19th Century. However, without the vote campaigners thought there was little incentive for politicians to improve the lot of women further.
They believed MPs only cared about issues that affected the men who were able to vote for them. Moderates and militants The campaign for women's suffrage - the right to vote in elections - involved both moderates and militants. At first they worked well together to reinforce each other but as suffragette actions became more extreme some observers thought they might derail the campaign.
In Edwardian Britain, men and women were thought to belong to separate public and private spheres, as cartoons of the time show. Those against votes for women argued bringing women into the public sphere would overturn this 'natural order'.
They used petitions, leaflets, letters and rallies to demand the same voting rights as men. Getty Some women were willing to break the law to try and force change. They set up militant groups. Mary Evans Direct protests created immense publicity and saw a membership boost to all suffrage groups.
The societies often worked together and held mass demonstrations. Mary Evans Campaigners had made huge progress, from the majority of MPs voted in support of women's suffrage bills put before Parliament.
But frustration grew as the Liberal government repeatedly stopped them from becoming law. The militants, labelled suffragettes by the media, reacted with violent protests attacking politicians and smashing windows.
This alienated some moderate supporters of their cause. Many suffragettes were sent to prison and went on hunger strike. The government reacted by force-feeding suffragettes. This caused public outrage, so in the government introduced the 'Cat and Mouse' Act.
Women on hunger strike were released when they fell ill but rearrested once they recovered. Getty Peaceful supporters of votes for women were worried suffragette actions would derail their constitutional demands.
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Votes for women, however, was very much a conservative measure, limited to certain categories of women aged thirty and over the age of thirty – women who were householders, wives of householders, occupiers of property of a yearly value of not less than £5, or university graduates.
Women and the vote Page 2 – Brief history. The right to vote. Cartoon opposing women’s suffrage. In , and bills or amendments extending the vote to women (or at least female ratepayers) only narrowly failed to pass in Parliament. Kate Sheppard. A Vote for Women September 30, On the morning of September 30, , President Woodrow Wilson hoped that his trip to Capitol Hill would change the course of American history.
In the elections the Progressive Liberal Party polled a total of 32, votes whilst the United Bahamian Party polled only 26, So it is apparent that more people prefer the Progressive Liberal Party to the United Bahamian Party.