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What did Pankhurst define as the goals of the Women's Movement?

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lifeinlove | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted March 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM via web

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What did Pankhurst define as the goals of the Women's Movement?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:24 PM (Answer #1)

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The original question had to be edited down.  I would suggest that Pankhurst saw the empowerment of women as one of the fundamental goals of the Women's Movement.  Pankhurst sought to ensure equal opportunities in society for both genders.  She believed that the women's movement had an obligation to deliver this through political means.  Her zealous support of women's suffrage is reflective of this.  Such support shows that Pankhurst believed the women's movement was to achieve political suffrage and ensure that a political voice for women would be a part of the social order.

I would also suggest that her role in the Women's Social and Political Union clearly demonstrates an embrace of activism as another goal of the women's movement.  Pankhurst's hunger strikes, civil disobedience, speeches, and militancy in the form of arson and property attacks shows her belief that participation in the women's movement was not a passive element.  She carried herself with the belief that one of the goals of the movement was to convince women that they had power and could use it in order to gain more in society.  Parkhurst's narrative reveals her own goal of action, and not merely words with waiting.  In this, one can see another one of Pankhurst's goals for the movement and the women in it.

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