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The Struggle for Emancipation of Women Describe and compare the progress made to secure rights for women (Economically, educationally, legally, politically, etc.) between 1870 and 1900)

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The Struggle for Emancipation of Women Describe and compare the progress made to secure rights for women (Economically, educationally, legally, politically, etc.) between 1870 and 1900) Before 1870 Women's education depended on their class. If you were born into an Upper or Middle class family a Governess would have tutored you privately, while Working class women might of gone to a Sunday school to learn the basics of reading and writing. Women didn't need an education before 1870 as they wouldn't need to work unless if you were Working class, and also because a women's opinion never mattered, they had to sit there and look pretty. There were many changes after 1870, such as Elementary, Public and Universities were being founded. All children, both boys and girls, were made to go to elementary school till the age of 9. ...read more.

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Upper and Middle Class women were very idle before 1870 and spent most of their time playing the piano or just looking pretty. The working class women had low paid jobs such as; Domestic service, working in fields and Factory working, the Upper and Middle Class women of the times duties was to be in charge of the house, and their maids and servants did the jobs and not them. After 1870 things changed, such as a London School of Medicine was founded for women, by 1900 there were 300 women doctors. There was also a new range of Working class jobs were available, such as being a Telephonist, Typists, Office clerks, Teachers and Shop assistants. Female fashion changed dramatically after 1870, instead of Cumbersome Victorian dresses, women now started to wear more healthier, simpler and more manageable clothes. ...read more.

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In 1888 women were able to vote in the County and Borough elections, this was one of the first steps in which women had taken in how their country was run. Until 1907 women were not allowed to become Councillors, around this time women started to form groups and organizations that campaigned for women's right to vote, such as the NUWSS, this started to lift off and more and more women started to fight to gain this franchise. This was Progress as it was a starting point for Women's rights. The Married Women's Property Acts let women have some Legal rights, but this did not allow them to vote for their own country, although they were allowed to vote and run for Local Elections. Men thought these rights were too much, they thought that the women couldn't votes sensibly and should leave it too their husbands. ...read more.

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