What would Emmeline Pankhurst's opinion be on the following question: What is the proper role of women in society?

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Emmeline Pankhurst's view of the proper role of women in society would be somewhat complex.  Clearly, she believed that women should have the right to vote.  She also believed that it was acceptable for women to work outside the home.  We can see this from the fact that she herself held a paid job for many years.  At the same time, Pankhurst believed that a major reason that women needed the vote was so that they could push for laws that would take care of their broader needs.  By this, she meant that women had an interest in caring for their families and the vote would give them the political power to push for policies that would be helpful to them.

Thus, Pankhurst felt that women should have multiple roles in society.  They should be politically equal to men and could work, but should also be concerned with the welfare of their families.