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What were some of the strategies used by the suffragettes to promote their cause?

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daphne00 | Salutatorian

Posted February 21, 2012 at 5:14 AM via web

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What were some of the strategies used by the suffragettes to promote their cause?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 21, 2012 at 5:44 AM (Answer #1)

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Suffragettes in England and the United States used a variety of tactics to try to get the vote.  Some of these included:

  • Protest marches.  Some of these were peaceful, but others became violent.  There are, for example, instances of suffragettes breaking windows in London.
  • Picketing.  During WWI, for example, there were instances of women carrying banners comparing Wilson to the German Kaiser.  There were also instances of women chaining themselves to railings at the Prime Minister's residence in London.
  • Hunger strikes.  In England in particular, women who were arrested often went on hunger strikes to protest.
  • The most tragic action was the woman who was killed trying to hang a suffrage banner on the King's horse during the middle of a race.

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