The suffragettes and suffragists were different in many ways although their aim was the same, to get women the right to vote. In this essay I will try and illustrate a range of different views and ideas about the suffragists and the suffragettes. The suffragists were more peaceful and they preferred to campaign by writing newspaper articles and letters and organising tea parties and so on because they believed that peaceful protest would help much more than disordered violence. Whereas the suffragettes were more violent or confrontational, at the start of the campaign, the two groups were supportive of one another, and indeed, Millicent Fawcett, the leader of the suffragists expressed, in a letter to 'the times' her keen support of the suffragettes. But then the suffragette's towards the end of their campaign, got quite violent, although not all of the suffragettes protests were like that, they did organise many peaceful protest and rallies. But towards the end of the campaign, when the suffragettes started to get more violent the two groups started to separate and to oppose each other, this was towards the end of the campaign.
Even the suffragettes themselves eventually started to separate into different groups, the more extreme law breakers and then the suffragettes who didn't want to break the law, these women separated into a completely different group called the 'women's freedom league', this group developed in 1907. In the early years of the campaign for women's suffrage, the suffragists did the same things that they did all the way through their campaign, they, organised protests and rallies and wrote letters and newspaper articles. Whereas, the suffragettes started their campaign by doing peaceful things like protests and rallies and meetings but then started to get more confrontational. For example Marion Dunlop-Wallace was the first woman to go on hunger strike in prison in 1909 and then in 1911 over 200 women were arrested on an organised rally outside the houses of parliament. It was about that time that the suffragettes were at their most violent, one woman tried to burn down the Royal Theatre in Dublin in 1913 and many shops and churches were wrecked by suffragettes. So the suffragettes and the suffragists started off about equally, then got very different and separated especially towards the end of the campaign, as I have illustrated in this essay..