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Gaining Women's Suffrage : Militants
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Case Study*Militants
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Many different groups and individuals played a part in achieving the vote for some women in 1918. One of the most well known groups were the militant Suffragettes, mostly those who belonged to the WSPU led by Emmeline Pankhurst.
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Some historians believe the publicity created by the Suffragettes was vital. Others believe the Suffragettes harmed their cause. In this case study you are going to study a number of sources from the time. These sources will help you to investigate the impact of the Suffragettes in terms of women achieving the vote in 1918.
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1. Treatment of Suffragettes in prison, 1906

* 2. 'The Trial of the Suffragette leaders', 1909
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3. Rally for women's suffrage, London, 1910

* 4. Letter on women and the police, 1911
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5. News reports on militant Suffragettes, 1914

* 6. Film showing death of Emily Davison, 1913
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7. Report on inquest into death of Emily Davison

* 8. Cartoon on Suffragettes and police, 1913
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9. Trial of men who attacked Suffragettes, 1914

* 10. Newsreels on the Suffragettes
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You can use these case study sources in two ways:
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The sources in this case study can help you by providing information you can use in your presentation.
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Study each source carefully. Note down anything which tells you about:
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* The impact of the Suffragettes on public opinion *
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* The impact of the Suffragettes on politicians *
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* The publicity gained by the Suffragettes *
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* The organisation of the Suffragettes *
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