Arguments used to support women's right to vote

Many women had no interest in the campaign and there were even women who actively campaigned against votes for women. There was opposition from many men also and several Anti-Women's Suffrage organisations were set up. The debate continued from the 1860s to the 1920s and many points were made on both sides.

What a woman may be, and yet not have the Vote

What a Woman may be ... Mayor, nurse, mother, doctor or teacher, factory hand
What a Man may have been ... Convict, lunatic, proprietor of white slaves, unfit for service, drunkard 
The Suffrage Atelier, 1912


  1. Select three of the above arguments which, in your opinion, were of most concern to the women. Give reasons for your choice.
  2. Select the argument which, in your opinion, would be likely to meet with most resistance from politicians. Give reasons for your choice.
  3. Do you think the postcard illustrated above was effective propaganda for the cause of women's suffrage? Give three reasons for your opinion.
  4. Evaluate the postcard as historical evidence for the role of women in 1912.
  5. Draw up a timeline to show the progress of suffrage for men in the nineteenth century.
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