...The Suffragettes...

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, men in the United Kingdom had the right to vote but women did not. During this time two main political groups that fighting for the rights of women to vote formed:

From 1905 the Suffragettes' campaign become more violent including breaking windows, planting bombs and handcuffing themselves to railings. 

Many protesting Suffragettes were arrested for law-breaking and many went to prison. In further protest, Suffragettes would go on HUNGER STRIKE (stop eating) in prison, in response the government introduced a policy of force-feeding. When this policy failed the British government introduced the "CAT AND MOUSE " Act in 1913: hunger strikers were temporarily released from prison until they recovered before being re-arrested up again.

I WORLD WAR changed lives for everyone, the Suffragettes stopped their militant action because they started supporting the war. Women finally started working in agriculture, transport and industry while men were fighting in Europe. During the war, the Suffragettes influenced public opinion for what concerns women's suffrage.

The first breakthrough for the women's vote was in 1918 when some women were given the right to vote, they had to be:

It took another ten years until women in the UK received equal suffrage with men: in 1928 they could vote at the age of 21.

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