Women's Rights In The Suffragettes

Decent Essays
Women didn’t have many human rights than men did, in the 19th century. On pg#145 of the textbook, it shows the rights women didn’t have, such as: “Everything a women owned passed on to her husband when married…forced to stay in husband’s home against her will…no maintenance money from husband after separation.” These are certainly death to women. Yet the most demanded right that women didn’t have was the “Right to free elections”. It was only by the time of 1918, women could vote in large elections and have some equality as men. At the time of 1800s, Britain was not a democracy whereas by 1884, 60% of the people would vote; regardless of the fact that only men could vote before 1918. Certainly this affected women who basically didn’t have…show more content…
One of the main reasons the Suffragettes were important is because they used violent tactics to get paid attention from the public and show how much women demand for women’s rights. For example, on pg#150 on the textbook it said that they broke shops with full of armed bags of rocks and broke the windows of shops including the very important places like the government offices. Besides breaking shops, they were also using violence against the Prime Minister, on pg#150 said, “1912…threw a hatchet into a carriage in which the Prime Minister, was riding…tried to set fire to the Theatre Royal, where the Prime Minister had just seen a performance…threw flaming chair…set off small bombs.” 1912-1913, the Suffragettes acted extremely violent and death has even arrived. On pg#151, it said, “January 1913…the display case containing the crown jewels was smashed at the Tower of London; telegraph and telephone wires were cut; an orchid house was burned…windows smashed…destroyed by fire; …railway carriage set ablaze.” This influenced the public the most. The…show more content…
There was another union called the Suffragists found in 1896, led by Millicent Fawcett. Though their tactics were different from the Suffragettes. According to pg#146 on the textbook, Millicent Fawcett saw her movement as a glacier – slow but mighty and irresistible in the long-term. They do not get arrested an of the times, because they are not doing anything law-breaking, they are protesters, and not violent. They helped women to gain vote because they didn’t act anything wrong, and the public slowly begun to realize that and not fearful. On pg#152 it explains all of the other factors than the Suffragettes. In there, it said the WW1 played a role for women to gain the vote too, when men were away for the fight, and so women did the work men had, so the government should be more thankful of women and praise them by giving them the thing they want the most. Additionally, it also said Sylvia Pankhurst promoted how working women was intelligent enough to have rights to vote. It became obvious that women were just as good as men. However, the Suffragettes were still an important factor for gaining women’s rights because this influenced all of the people, even the Prime Minister. They held on to their pride of women. For instance, countless women were arrested but one of the Suffragettes,
Get Access