Originally Posted by John from Canada
During World War 1 not enough men were volunteering to get killed so the conservative government introduced "conscription" (the draft). It was very unpopular so they came up with the idea of allowing women whose husbands, fathers or sons were away fighting to vote, thinking they would support the government as a means of increasing their own husband's chances of returning home alive.
Which was my point exactly when I also mentioned the nurses dealing with the fallout of the war. Again, the male in their lives dominated the vote.