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Votes for Woman

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Votes for women coursework Melissa Lea 10K History Question 1 Melissa Lea 10K Why did the campaign for women's suffrage develop in the years after 1870? Women at this time were treated unfairly and immorally. For example women could not achieve a higher education let alone go to university. Therefore there were no women's doctors as they could not be awarded a degree. Women wanted equality of rights in education, work, marriage and politics. In the early 19th century women were expected to be housewives and mothers therefore an education was not relevant. The lower class women had to work and raise children with no support from her husband. ...read more.

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Moreover politics was considered rough and dirty therefore was unsuitable job for women who were delicate and should be protected. Before 1832 the system was very chaotic and unfair. For example only 2.7% of males were able to vote in general elections. However in 1832 the great reform act changed this and about 1 in 5 men could vote. This was mainly only wealthy and middle class men. Furthermore in 1867 a second reform act was passed giving most male town dwellers the vote but women were still excluded from the law. In 1884 the third reform act was passed, now almost all men could vote but women were still ignored. ...read more.

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She believed in constitutional campaigning. She argued her case with MPs, issued leaflets. Presented petitions and organised meetings. The main arguments they used were that Parliament's decisions affect both men and women. Therefore women should be able to vote for the MPs who pass those laws. Both Liberal and Conservative parties were not prepared to adopt female suffrage as a party policy, so it never got a priority in Parliament. In the years up to 1900, fifteen times Parliament received as bill to give women the vote; fifteen times the bill failed. In conclusion women were treated like they were below women and during the 1900's they desperately tried to be treated equally and get the chance to vote for an MP that would change the ways in which they were looked at in society. ...read more.

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