By Paula Bartley
This name introduces the most important figures fascinated with the women's suffrage circulate and is going directly to think of the arguments complicated by means of those that supported and people who adverse votes for ladies (in particluar, the reaction of fellows to the campaigns). The narrative additionally highlights the speed and quantity of suffragist and suffragette task, and assesses their
contribution to the 1st international battle and the level to which ladies won the vote because of their efforts through the conflict.
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This put the Antis on the defensive, forcing them to make more rational arguments against votes for women. For example, Mrs Humphrey Ward, a leading Anti of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, maintained that women were different from, but not unequal to men. Votes for Women: The Debate | 25 enforce the laws they had made; this would inevitably lead to anarchy, a brutal civil war and ultimately the end of British civilisation. Key question Key terms Why were women considered to be biologically unﬁt to vote?
The WFrL and the 1894 Local Government Act When Elmy resigned, Ursula Bright, a friend and colleague of Emmeline Pankhurst, was promoted to the post of secretary of the WFrL. Pankhurst and Bright – supported by their sympathetic husbands – worked hard to promote female equality and their efforts ﬁnally bore fruit in the 1894 Local Government Act. This Act enshrined the principle that all women, whether married or single, should be entitled to vote in local elections if they possessed the necessary property qualiﬁcations.
Such similarities are perhaps not surprising, as after all the suffragists, the suffragettes and their opponents inhabited the same cultural world and historical period. And it is sometimes said that one has to have common areas of agreement in order to disagree! • First, neither side had any desire to undermine women’s domestic role. Both the suffragists and suffragettes did not want the vote to undermine women’s role in the home. Indeed, they reiterated their commitment to the separate spheres philosophy whereby women and men held distinct roles within society.