Women's Equality Essay
The suffragette leaders Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst supported the war because of the opportunities it displayed in furthering their cause of equality. Although their demonstrations and rallies took a back seat during the war as Emmeline and Christabel devoted themselves to helping the war effort the question of women's votes soon came back into the forefront because of the old-fashioned residential qualification. This meant that because the fighting men weren't in Britain they couldn't vote. The age of consent for women to vote was set at thirty in 1918.
In conclusion we can say that the war did not bring about equality in its own right but helped speed up the process. We have seen that during the war when women were working alongside men they were still not regarded as equal. The war did nothing to improve the lives of women directly but it changed many women's views of themselves and as a result support for equality increased. It was only after the war that many men began to realise that women were not second