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IntroBattles for equality have been fought throughout history between different races or religions between the rich and the poor between men and women and countless others However the struggle for equality between men and women has been progressively fought and many changes were made accordingly that have shaped the society we live in today IThe Beginning It is commonly accepted that the vote for women was won as a result of womens work during the 1914-1918 war However many events such as militant campaigns and marches preceded this time period which deserve credit 1The Womens Social and Political Union WSPU was founded by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia and was the first and largest militant suffrage group in England This groups challenge on the Government lasted from 1903-1914 AProtests involved not only speeches and peaceful agitation but appalling physical hardship brutality beatings forcible feeding BMany events were recorded by the Suffragettes themselves in diaries letters memoirs speeches and in the national Press as well as in their own magazines Votes for Women and The Suffragette IIDemonstrations Women made speeches marched and wrote letters to editors of newspapers and articles in their own newspapers and magazines Many of these women were put in prison for their offenses 1At first meetings were held that were basically educational Members of the WSPU would travel to different cities in England to hold public meetings which many women in the city were invited to that were meant to urge women to support the cause and become active in campaigning IIINational Influence The WSPU had been in existence for two years before any opportunity was presented for work on a national scale 1The Parliament had been dominated by the Conservative Party for nearly twenty years and England was on the eve of a general election in which the Liberals hoped to return to
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