How and Why Women Got the Right to Vote in Britain

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How and Why Women Got the Right to Vote in Britain

In 1906 the Liberal Government swept the opposition to one side as they moved into power in a landslide victory at the general election. This gave birth to a new dawn of hope to women the length and breadth of the country as the new Prime Minister, Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman, was in support of the vote for women. Two years later this bright horizon was clouded as Bannerman steps down from the spotlight to make way for Herbert Asquith, who is set against votes for women and claims that there is little support for the idea but asks women to prove him wrong. It is certain the change in the countries leaders left a bitter taste in the mouth of all
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Hundreds of women behind bars went on hunger strike in order to force the government into making a move, so the government moved. All those prisoners refusing to eat had their options removed and they were force-fed by groups of anti- suffrage prison workers. In an attempt to stop the WSPU hitting the front page by going on hunger strike, the Government filled the papers with pages of death and violence. A number of women were killed whilst being force-fed as the tubes for filling their stomachs against their will were accidentally forced into the women's lungs which then pumped them with whatever was on the menu that day. A slow and painful death would surely create a massive feeling of sympathy towards the victim who would never have the chance to reap the rewards. Whilst members of the WSPU were suffering inside prison, those on the outside put a stop to the violent demonstrations when Asquith agreed to produce a Conciliation Bill giving women the vote. After doing well in the house of commons Asquith stalls the Bill, an act the lead to "Black Friday" as members of the WSPU fought the police on the streets and were arrested, beaten and raped. Asquith's deceit, the WSPU's impatience and the police force's hideous brutality had led to scenes of sickening violence and abuse that could have been so easily avoided. A year later in 1911 the WSPU again call for a truce in the