Women's Failure to Gain the Vote Between 1900 and 1914
Women had started to campaign for the vote and in 1900 the vote became
more public. The general view in 1900 was that men and woman had
different roles in society. Men were strong and born to govern, women
were born to be governed and should be kept at home. The view of men
was one of the reasons why There are many reasons why the women did
not get the vote in 1914, but it was not simply men against women. The
most important reason was people's attitudes.
Not all women wanted the right to vote. It was the middle class women
who stayed at home and looked after the house and children that
campaigned to vote, the ones who did not have wealthy husbands and had
to depend on themselves. They were getting bored and had nothing to
apply their minds to as the men made the decisions about the house,
money and children's education. Upper class women were not interested
in politics, they only cared for having a good time, meeting a nice
man and getting settled down with a family. They bought fancy clothes,
went to Ascot Races and generally lived a leisurely life. Because they
had an adequate amount of money they did not need see the need to
vote, as they did not need to make a living. Working class women on
the other hand did not have time to think about campaigning for the
vote. They were busy washing, polishing and cleaning their homes. They
were not bothered and did not have time to take an interest.
Queen Elizabeth for example, did not want to gain the women's vote.
She, and many other women agreed that they were happy to leave the men
to discuss and worry about politics. They saw that giving the vote to
women would mean having to give it to all men including the layabouts
and riff raff. Women were pure and should be protected from the grubby
world of politics.
Another reason they did not get the vote was because of the women
campaigning themselves. Emmiline Pankhurst was the leader of the
suffragettes, tired of being polite to MP's in order to give them the
vote she decided violence was the only way....