The Campaign to win the vote. The issue of the vote became the focus of women’s struggle for equality Women had to fight for themselves getting little help from men Chartists campaign earlier was rejected, debate re-emerged after 1867 Reform bill by John Stuart Mill amendment rejected
Most Politicians were against reform fearing women would vote for the opposition
Labour Party wanted women suffrage especially for working class women rather than just property owners
Involvement in politics would threaten the family and society
Corrupt women making them less feminine
Too emotional and not educated
Attitude came From all social classesWhy opposition?
1910- conciliation bill was drafted under Asquith vote for the opposition
Bill was suspended which resulted in further campaigns
Failed in 1912 to get majority
WSPU committed to programme of violence
‘wild period’ paintings slashed, premises firebombed, death of Emily Davison
Did this do more harm than good?
Men’s roleConciliation Bill and its failure