Techniques of Suffragists and Suffragettes

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Describe the ways in which the methods of the suffragists and suffragettes were different.

Women started campaigning to win the vote in the 1850's. Small local groups had meetings nationwide to present their arguement for allowing women to vote. In 1877 - 78 there were 1,300 meetings - this represents how serious the women were.The campaigners were mainly middle class, as, upper class ladies most propably found "campaigning" and "argueing" unlady like and inappropriate. However this does not mean they they too did not want the right to vote. The campaigners were known as The NUWSS (Suffragists) and were formed in 1897 by Millicent Garrett Fawcet - who, was finally rewarded when she saw, 60 years later, women recieving the vote. They beleived in constitutional peaceful campaiging such as, issuing leaflets, presenting petitions, arguing cases with MP's in an orderly manner etc. They made use of their "inner circles" of politions they could reach through their husbands and other family members. However progress was slow and the furthest they had got with their campaign was A.) raising awareness and B.) more than half MP's had "said" they wished to give women to the vote. Although there is a large difference in "saying" and doing. Just because the government had said they wanted to give women the vote did not mean they were going to - pherhaps they said to silence the women for a while. Millicent Fawcett understood this and said that her movement was "like a glacier" it might be slow moving but it was poweful and unstoppable. As this may be true, it does not guarentee that they were going to get results. With the suffragettes "peaceful campaign" going nowhere - by 1900 womens suffrage was refused 15 times! People were beggining to lose faith in the idea, so, in 1903 Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters formed a group called the Women's social and political union. Nicknaming themselves the "suffragettes" unlike the suffragists they also campaigned for for better...
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