Part B: Do you agree with the view that, at the end of the nineteenth century, winning the vote for women seemed to be ‘further away than ever’?

Topics: Women's suffrage, 19th century, Elections Pages: 3 (727 words) Published: March 12, 2012
PART B: DO YOU AGREE WITH THE VIEW THAT, AT THE END OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, WINNING THE VOTE FOR WOMEN SEEMED TO BE 'FURTHER AWAY THAN EVER'?

By the end of the nineteenth century, there was reason to suggest both why the vote for women had been brought closer and also been pushed further away. This was due to a number of aspects which arose during the period which seemed to show to people that the vote was further away than ever however; it did seem that the vote was nearing closer by the end of the era.

First of all, source 18 is showing that people were giving up on the vote and the suffrage campaign because it seemed as if nothing was going to happen and that the 'dead period of the movement begun'. For a long period of time, no bills or laws had been passed on the issue of women's suffrage and even when elected MP John Stuart Mill proposed to change the word 'man' to 'person' in 1867 it was rejected by parliament. This seemed to give little hope for the future of the campaign and did agree that the vote for women seemed further away than ever.

Likewise, in source 17 it is showing that women had more involvement in local politics, but this does not necessarily mean that they are nearing the vote for women and simply is just stating that local politics is the women's sphere of politics. The Source shows that towards the end of the 19th century there is an increase in both school boards and poor law boards which involve women in their political sphere. This was seen as just an extension onto their Angel in the House role and to give them the national vote would be pointless because women were needed within local politics and also it would give husbands two votes. Therefore it did seem possible that the national vote was further away than ever because women already had their place in politics.

However, on the other hand source 16 suggests that there were signs of progress towards the women's vote and this came from the involvement that they already...

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