Struggling with history assignment, can anyone help?

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The question is,

What impact did WW1have on british women's suffrage?

I'm struggling answering this, it's a 3000 word essay and there just doesn't seem to be that many points to write about. Do you know any points I can write about or any books you can recommend? Any help would be great
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The question is,

What impact did WW1have on british women's suffrage?

I'm struggling answering this, it's a 3000 word essay and there just doesn't seem to be that many points to write about. Do you know any points I can write about or any books you can recommend? Any help would be great
Is this GCSE, GCE or undergrad?

What sort of research have you done?

Seemed to be plenty of hits when I just had a look, although you may need to use the library and read a book or two if you want depth.
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Is this GCSE, GCE or undergrad?

What sort of research have you done?

Seemed to be plenty of hits when I just had a look, although you may need to use the library and read a book or two if you want depth.
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I need to quote historical books so although I can find a few articles, a lot of them don't reference books. I've picked a few books but I can't see myself getting 3000 words out of the info I have :/

Also, Im wondering about the question itself...like do I talk about the positive impacts only or can I talk about parts that didn't have much of an impact
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I need to quote historical books so although I can find a few articles, a lot of them don't reference books. I've picked a few books but I can't see myself getting 3000 words out of the info I have :/

Also, Im wondering about the question itself...like do I talk about the positive impacts only or can I talk about parts that didn't have much of an impact
You have to choose whether it was a positive or negative impact. Makes it clear to the person grading your assignment. Make a list of the positive and negative impacts and choose the one you can talk about the most. It’s perfectly fine to counterargue, as long as you link it back to your original argument.
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The question is,

What impact did WW1have on british women's suffrage?

I'm struggling answering this, it's a 3000 word essay and there just doesn't seem to be that many points to write about. Do you know any points I can write about or any books you can recommend? Any help would be great
Really? What aout jobs - what did women do in the war that they didn't do before? Why did this change people's attitudes rather than some of the Suffragette's actions. Women nursing in France in WW1 ...

What was position before WWI? and after? I thought there was a massive change ... there must be loads of literature about this with the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI coming up.
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One point is during the world war, many women took over “men’s jobs” while they were out fighting. (Give examples) while this meant women were treated as equals, this was only set to last once the war had finished. Therefore, women were seen as a secondary option or substitute. (Look up marxist feminism to elaborate on this point). Then just link it back saying how the war is a negative impact blah blah blah. Lol sorry this is all I have.
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You might also like to consider that other countries were changing and so did the war actualy make the difference or would it have happened anyway?
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One point is during the world war, many women took over “men’s jobs” while they were out fighting. (Give examples) while this meant women were treated as equals, this was only set to last once the war had finished. Therefore, women were seen as a secondary option or substitute. (Look up marxist feminism to elaborate on this point). Then just link it back saying how the war is a negative impact blah blah blah. Lol sorry this is all I have.
Don't forget that the question isn't asking about employment, it's asking about the vote.

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I need to quote historical books so although I can find a few articles, a lot of them don't reference books. I've picked a few books but I can't see myself getting 3000 words out of the info I have :/

Also, Im wondering about the question itself...like do I talk about the positive impacts only or can I talk about parts that didn't have much of an impact
If I were doing it, then I would.

Read about:
1. Womens suffrage in general. That is the big picture.
2. The war and womens suffrage. A quick google even down to BBC bitesize will reveal many articles on this issue.
People have written books on it so I cant really see why you should have a problem analysing the issues and coming up with 3000 words.

You then need to return to the essay topic and from a more knowledgeable position you can talk about.

The state of womens suffrage in general.
The impact of the war and its effects on the fight for suffrage.
You then do an evaluation on whether it helped or hindered and by how much. How influential was it?
You would also need to cover the issue that although it might have speeded up or brought about the Representation of the Peoples Act 1918, this only applied to women over 30 and there was still a significant way to go for women under 30 to get the vote.
Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928 and you can discuss why WW1 was influential but the social change only went so far.


Theres plenty of background stuff on the internet, but as you say at undergraduate level, then you are expected to do research and that means either the library or academic journals.

I suspect there will be at least 50 books in the subject.

My starting point besides the internet would be:
1. Go to the library and ask the subject specialist librarian. they can suggest journals or at least point you towards the correct sections. There will also be an overlap with sociology, politics and gender studies.

2. Use Amazon to id possible books and buy the cheap ones off marketplace. get the expensive ones on inter library loan.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Women-First...NNZYYDJY0HTZCB

3. When you have done 1 and 2 then use their references to id other books and journals.

Research is half your work. Not my area, but i cant see why you would struggle to write a 3000 word essay. You need to look harder and go into more depth.

Everyone else has the same challenge so the material is obviously out there and lots of your classmates will have already done the research. It will most likely have been set in previous years, so you just need to get stuck in. The questions is pretty simple as things go and moderate research will give you enough knowledge so you can discuss things in context and then fall back on your evaluation. Its this they are looking for and how you got there. If you want to say the war had little effect and it was inevitable thats fine, but back it up. Conversely if you want to say it may never have happened or the war made it inevitable, then thats fine as long as its backed up.
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