Women's Contributions to the War Effort and Women's Vote
I agree with the view that women gained the vote due to their
contributions to the war.
Previously, men have done the vast majority of the work, with women
mainly being homemakers and mothers. Whilst the men were away
fighting, women had to stand in for them at work, and proved that they
were just as capable as men to do the work, and at some jobs, better.
Emmeline Pankhurst married a barrister and was the leader of the
suffragettes. She could rely on her husband's social status to help
progress. I do not think they helped themselves by chaining themselves
to buildings and setting fire to post boxes, however, once they
started earning their own money, the vote fell right into their hands.
The war played a big part in helping to win women the vote. Whilst the
war was on, the suffragettes gave up their campaigning for the vote,
and started campaigning about the war. I think the government might
have taken note of this, that they could make themselves useful, and
considered the vote for women.
Whilst all of the men were away fighting, and all of the women were
working in the factories, and every other job that had been left
vacant, the suffragists were still quietly campaigning.
It could possibly have been because whilst the suffragettes had
temporarily given up their campaigning in favor of the war, the
suffragists had time and space to move forward in their campaign.
Before the war, women did have jobs, just not the same jobs as men.
Women were servants and dressmakers and suchlike, they did not handle
heavy materials etc. When the men went away to war, they proved that
they could, and would. At the end of the war, women...