Suffragettes – Would you have been a suffragette? Discuss

A wide ranging discussion took place which included the rhetorical question: would Women still not have had the vote if it had not been for the women’s role in the Great War. It was thought the whole Cause was hindered by the infighting between the suffrage movement and the Suffragettes. Gill’s point of view was that the really important legislation was the Married Women’s Property Act of 1882 which enabled women to own and manage property in their own right. Prue listed ten contemporary MPs reasons why women should not get the vote and therefore not sit in Parliament. These ranged from having the view obscured by enormous hats, to Women’s ‘deadly logic’ considered destructive. Rita said would have been a member of the suffrage movement, but would not have liked violence or arson. This seemed to be the consensus of the majority of the group.