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Why did a campaign for women's suffrage develop in the years after 1870? The women's suffrage was a universal issue that had begun a long time before the 19th century but after the years 1870 the campaign for women suffrage developed throughout Britain. There are different factors that contributed towards the campaign. Before 1870, a large scale movement had not been established but after 1870, movements such as the Primrose League, the Women's Liberal Foundation and most important, the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies were all established. Women suffered a number of restrictions under the law in Britain. Although in 1870 women could take part in council elections and elect their own board members in organisations, they couldn't take part in general elections. ...read more.


However, some men opposed to this idea. Men also had sexist attitudes towards women. Many men believed that the quality of an ideal woman was to believe that she had a lower status than a man as she is less intelligent and weaker. Men also believed that women should have traditional roles such as being house wives and doing domestic services. From a book written by Marie Corelli in 1907 called 'Woman or Suffrage' she believed that Women were and are destined to make voters rather than be voters themselves. Another factor was that there was advancement in education and opportunities for women. ...read more.


Women also wanted the franchise because they thought they could make the country a better place especially when it came to decision making such as war and laws. Despite the enfranchising of women over 30 in 1918, women still campaigned as they wanted the vote for all women in the society in regardless of their age or class. Women primarily wanted the vote to prove to men they were just as responsible as them and to also for the sake of equality between men and women. All these factors mentioned above contributed to the development in the campaign for women's suffrage in the years after 1870 in Britain. Name: Rose- Anne 10N ...read more.

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