It was important for women to get the vote because then they could change the laws that were discriminating against them. When women had received the vote they would vote for the MP that will represent their views in Parliament. Wanted same pay as men.
WAYS OF ACHEIVING CHANGE
Direct Action (e.g. - blockades)
Demonstrate (e.g. - march, hunger strikes)
ALLTHESE METHODS NEED SUPPORT AND A LEADER.
1.Unlikely to lose supporters
2.Passive resistance can gain respect and dignity for your cause by not reacting even when provoked (Gandhi)
1.Slower method of change
1.Gets publicity and therefore puts you in the public eye
1.Can put off potential supporters
2.Can be dangerous, or cause inconvenience, can be illegal
3.Governments will not give in to violence
ARGUEMENTSFOR AND AGAINST WOMEN
1.Considered women did not know enough about politics to have the vote
2.Women place was in the home as a mother.
3.Some suggested that women would be a distraction to men if allowed into University or male dominated professions
4.Some considered voting unfeminine
5. Avery common argument was that the women biological make-up meant that she wasn't always rational. Hormones, periods, pregnancy and menopause all caused mental disorder. How could women be trusted with running the country?!
6.Women were the weaker sex, and only men could go to war. (The bastards)
* The anti-suffragettes pointed to suffragette violence to support their argument. The fact that suffragettes smashing windows and chaining themselves to railings could be used as evidence of their mental disorder.
-Pro Suffrage view
1. Many women contributed just as much as men (e.g. - same job, less pay)
2. Women knowledge on certain issues...