Techniques of Suffragists and Suffragettes

941 WordsFeb 27, 20084 Pages
Describe the ways in which the methods of the suffragists and suffragettes were different. Women started campaigning to win the vote in the 1850's. Small local groups had meetings nationwide to present their arguement for allowing women to vote. In 1877 - 78 there were 1,300 meetings - this represents how serious the women were.The campaigners were mainly middle class, as, upper class ladies most propably found "campaigning" and "argueing" unlady like and inappropriate. However this does not mean they they too did not want the right to vote. The campaigners were known as The NUWSS (Suffragists) and were formed in 1897 by Millicent Garrett Fawcet - who, was finally rewarded when she saw, 60 years later, women recieving the vote. They…show more content…
As the years rolled on the fight for enfranchisement grew more heated. Suffragette protests gradually became more violent. The WSPU began to drift away from the leaflet and tea party tactics used by the NUWSS. In November 1911 the Concillation Bill was dropped. The supporters of womens suffrage were incensed. They organised window smashing across central London, leaders were imprsioned, once an axe was thown at Prime Minister Asquith narrowly missng him. The Prime Minister was against womens suffrage, and this violence casued by the suffragettes gave him the perfect excuse not to give in - argueing that if he gave in, it would encourage other groups to do the same. This in some aspects is true, in today's society if groups of people have a belief they protest! Some violently and some peacefully (such as Martin Luther Kings followers) whether or not these peopleare now inspired by the suffragettes is unknown. One of the biggest differences in methods between the Suffragists and the Suffragettes was the role of the media within their campaigns. The new WSPU protesting methods involved smashing windows, breaking street lamps and arson e.g. 2nd June 1913 post boxes in Lesham were set on fire. All these methods suggest a need to leave behind a mark, something physical an powerful. Images of the damages flooded the media and forced people to address why the suffragettes had gone to these
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