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The Journey of The Suffragettes

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Bridie S

on 6 June 2014

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Transcript of The Journey of The Suffragettes

The Journey of The Suffragettes
How did The Suffragettes improve women's rights in the early 1900's
The Suffragettes were a group of women from the early 1900's who fought for the the rights of women in society.Not all people agreed The Suffragettes improved women's rights. The women were happy that 'The Cause' (their voice) was being brought to everyone's attention. The Suffragettes created many big scenes in the community when they protested with violence. Some people felt that the violence was totally wrong and not a good way to solve any issue. When the women were put into prison because of the way they protested against the Parliament, they were treated with less consideration than other prisoners.For example when they went on hunger strikes they were forced to eat. In time, there was a general agreement that all the women's protests were indeed helpful to get the cause of women's right heard in Parliament. From 1910 Parliament seriously approached the question of women's rights from that point onwards.
In the early 1900's women did not have the right to vote, stand to be elected in Parliament, to divorce from marriage, obtain their own bank account, get equal pay, or have the option to join the army. Women were first granted the right to vote in South Australia and it was not until 14 years later the last state Victoria granted this right. Today, women now have equal rights to vote and stand for election(Julia Gillard was our first female Prime Minister), however women are still of a low representation to men in number in our Parliament. When men came back from war the women were working in all the factories and the jobs that were mainly stereotyped as male jobs. This made all the men feel uncomfortable knowing that women were doing their usual jobs. Our society isn't like this anymore, men are more accepting, women have better work conditions than in the past however they in most areas unfortunately still do not get equal pay.
How do women's rights in the early 1900's compare to that of modern day society?
What more can be done to help women today?
*Suggest that a new law is made so that equal pay is compulsory for equal jobs - for e.g. female marketing manager (my Mum) would get equal pay as a male marketing manager.

*Suggest discounts for girls to study male dominated university courses to increase numbers for the future e.g. forensic science

*Making sure fair rights are avaliable for all women when they return to their jobs after being on maternity leave

*Companies need to consider employing more women in high level management jobs in corporate companies and in politics. Such as the female CEO of Facebook a major international company. Julia Gillard in her PM role. This has helped encourage more young girls to strive for traditionally male type careers.
By Bridie Skinner


Women at Home and War by Rose Inserra - Book
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