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Question 1: Why did a campaign for women's suffrage develop in the years after in 1870? Women's right were at worse point in the years before 1870, where if the women owned property before marriage, the property would automatically be in the hands of the husband legally after marriage. There had been issues regarding this matter, a famous case was Caroline Norton case. She was married and had 3 sons, although her marriage was not steadfast. She was a best selling novelist but her husband used to beat her and due to that she had to leave her home and live with her relatives as refuge away from her husband. Her husband had full rights on the kids and he took them and left Caroline for good and took her possessions. She was not allowed to see her children as they belonged to her husband lawfully and in addition all her possessions. ...read more.


In the 1750s, men thought they could earn more money and freedom by working in occupations such as to be a factory worker. By 1861, most of the servants in domestic services were women. To be a servant was very hard, as they would have to work long hours and also had dirty jobs. The women had low paid jobs because they couldn't do further education because universities would not allow women to join. This made women furious about the disparity and women such as Mary Maclean and Sophia Jex Blake had campaigned for improvements. One of the successful campaigns was for better education. Girls were taught by a home tutor but only affordable for middle and the upper class people. The law changed that schooling became compulsory in 1870 for boys and girls under 10 years old. Women's suffrage started to develop through the following years. ...read more.


The Matrimonial Causes Act made women that were divorced to be considered as widows meaning that if they owned any property it would be legally be theirs after the divorce and not the husbands. Men won the vote in 1867 because of the Reform Act which increased the number of men who could vote. This entitled working class men. Women also campaigned with men for their suffrage but were not included in the Second Reform Act. Women wanted the vote so that then they could vote for a MP that would listen to their views and had to be in equal political scrutiny with the men. Women wanted the vote to reform the equality rights between them and the men. The men were portrayed as being strong and the pride of the house being the only one that earns to run the house. The women wanted to work too, and to get the right to work equally they would need the right to vote. ?? ?? ?? ?? S Votes For Women Ravi Desai 11V ...read more.

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