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Were the Suffragettes the main reason women got the vote?

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Libby Frankland

on 3 March 2016

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Transcript of Were the Suffragettes the main reason women got the vote?

OCR Extended Project Qualification
Project Plan
In order to structure my EPQ, I created a timeline with everything that I need to include with regards to both the presentation aspect as well as the dissertation, the research and the evaluation aspects.
I plan on researching key figures such as Emmeline Pankhurst, Emily Davison, Millicent Fawcett and many others to start my project.
I also plan on looking at the other factors that may have supported women eventually acquiring the vote.
Problems Faced
Throughout the project, a variation of problems were faced. These included:
Being unsure of what topic to pick, and changing my mind after doing research.
Deadlines for coursework from other subjects which I chose to focus on instead of my EPQ.
My time management and self-organisation at times could have been improved.
Were the Suffragettes the main reason that women got the vote?
Choosing the Topic
To begin with, I created a mind-map, outlining all of my potential topics as well as potential questions.
After planning through all my choices I decided to base my subject area on history.
I originally chose to do a Nelson Mandela EPQ but changed my mind to focus on British women's suffrage and how they gained the vote.
Resources that I plan to use:
A variety of websites, in order to cross-reference and fact check.
Factual books based on both the women's movement in particular and the time period in which it happened.
Google Scholar.
Google Books.
Youtube - for clips of documentaries.
Some of the main skills I would like to develop through doing an EPQ:
Time management
Organisation Skills
Ability to self-motivate
Different ways of referencing (Harvard referencing)
Skills I Learnt/Developed
What would I do differently next time?
My Findings
What was successful?
Thank you for watching!
Any questions?
Outline of Project
In my Extended Project Qualification, due to having a large interest in equality of the sexes, I decided to look at what the real reason was for British women gaining the vote in 1918 and then fully in 1928.
Why did I choose this
Two of my biggest interests are British history and the equality of the sexes.
I realized my interest in British women's history after briefly studying the topic at school in year 9.
I thought basing my EPQ around the subject would be a good way to expand my knowledge and further my subject understanding.
What do I expect to
That there were other factors that largely contributed to women gaining the vote, i.e. the women's war effort, the work of the Suffragists, various male suffrage supporters. But overall, the Suffragettes and their key individuals such as Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davison were the main reason women got the vote.
Why use Prezi?
I have never used Prezi before, so it will teach me a new skill.
Gives an alternative to using PowerPoint which may be useful if I have to give presentations in the future either at University or for work.
Whilst creating my EPQ I developed the following skills:
Stronger self-motivation
Taught myself how to use Prezi
Refined my research skills
Improved self organisation as well as time management skills.
Not spend as much time on research.
Try to allocate specific time every week to focus on my project.
Try to not prioritise other pieces of work over and above my EPQ.
The main factors that my research found were:
The Suffragettes
The Suffragists
Women's War Effort
Male Suffrage Supporters
Influential Women

Apart from changing the topic at the beginning of the project, the majority of my project has been successful.
I have learnt a vast range about my subject area as well as the best ways to manage myself.
I feel as if my project has taught me the independent learning skills that I will need to finish my courses and that I will definitely need at university.
The Suffragists
Created in 1897 by Millicent Garrett Fawcett.
National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS)
Non-militant approach with peaceful tactics.
The Suffragettes
Formed in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst.
WSPU (Women's Social and Political Union)
Thought NUWSS were too slow in achieving anything.
Far more militant with radical policies.
The War Effort
Prior to the war, women mainly had jobs in the home.
WW1 brought opportunity and independence for women.
They replaced men throughout the war, but only 30+ got the vote.
Male Suffrage Supporters
The majority opposed women's suffrage but a few key male politicians supported it.
Keir Harde MP
George Lansbury MP
Frederick Pethick-Lawrence
David Lloyd George MP
Influential Women
Emmeline Pankhurt
Emily Wilding Davison
Millicent Garrett Fawcett
Lydia Becker
Away from their groups, these four women had a significant impact to the cause.
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