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Do you agree with the view that the Married Womens Property Act were key milestones in the emancipation of women?

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Do you agree with the view that the ?Married Women?s Property Act? were key milestones in the emancipation of women? (40 marks) The ?Married Women?s Property Acts? of 1870 gave women the right to their own property thus ending the stereotypical belief that what belonged to the woman had to belong to the man. This in my opinion was a small but extremely significant step towards the emancipation of women. Both sources 13 and 14 support the view that the ?Married Women?s Property Acts? were key milestones in the emancipation of women to a certain extent, however based on some of the content in source 14 I believe it agrees with the view that the ?Married Women?s Property Acts? were key milestones in the emancipation of women to a lesser degree than source 13. I also believe that the fact that both sources are written by females makes both sources slightly unreliable, therefore making them disagree with the view that the ?Married Women?s Property Acts? were key milestones in the emancipation of women to a small degree. In addition to this, I would argue that Source 15 disagrees completely with both sources and with the view that the ?Married Women?s Property Acts? were key milestones in the emancipation of women mainly because it is written by the renowned ?satirical magazine, Punch?. ...read more.

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Once again, the fact that this is written from a woman?s point of view completely deteriorates the point of the act and would also have made it difficult for women to come forward and fight for their rights. This source agreeing with Source 15 as both agree with the idea that women felt ridiculed and over-powered by the huge role men had within society. However, this book was published in 1993 which is a long time after these events were occurring, and so one would argue that this was because Perkin?s wasn?t of the same time period, she couldn?t possibly understand the importance of such seem ably small reforms as what she saying was simply theoretical and her own opinion, which doesn?t make it accurate or reliable and so one could argue that the source does agree to a slight extent with the view that the ?Married Women?s Property Acts? were key milestones in the emancipation of women. Source 15 is a cartoon depicting George Osborne Morgan the man responsible for the passing of the ?Married Women?s Property Acts?. Punch Magazine was well known for its sarcasm and for its brilliance at mocking other people?s weaknesses. ...read more.

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Perhaps, taking small steps was in fact of a greater disadvantage to women as it gave men the upper hand, as they could decide when they wanted to pass an act, which even though they would contribute towards women?s emancipation this could ultimately have been seen as an abuse of power on their part. In conclusion, despite the fact that many believe that the ?Married Women?s Property Acts? was a small change, I believe it to have been of great significance, and was the beginning of several acts which would lead to the emancipation of women. Although, from source 14 we see that some women may have believed against the ?Married Women?s Property Acts? because of how ridiculed they would feel for coming forward and demanding their rights, which may lead many to the argument that if women themselves believed that the ?Married Women?s Property Acts? were a waste of time then this may indeed have been the case. However when taking into account all sides of the argument, it is clear, in my opinion, that many more people would come to the final conclusion that the ?Married Women?s Property Acts? were indeed key milestones in the emancipation of women. Bernelle KoudjoPage ...read more.

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