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Why Did a Campaign For Women’S Suffrage Develop In the Years After 1870?

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Why did a Campaign for Women's Suffrage develop in the years after 1870? A campaign for women's suffrage developed in the UK in the years after 1870 because women were being discriminated against and they wanted equal rights. The main way in which women were discriminated against was politically - they had an extremely unequal political status to men. They couldn't vote in general elections and until 1869 they couldn't vote in council elections either. ...read more.


had the vote, then why shouldn't they? Married women were also discriminated against by the law. Until 1884, a married woman was legally considered a chattel (possession) of her husband. Also, until 1870 all of a married woman's earnings had to go to her husband. After 1870, women could keep �200 of their earnings and give the rest to their husbands, but it was only in 1882 that married women could keep all of their earnings. ...read more.


There were also very bad working conditions, especially in the cotton mills and factories where women often worked. Another place women were discriminated against was in the world of education. They weren't allowed to go to university and couldn't have important jobs such as lawyers or doctors. Women in Britain were very strongly discriminated at the end of the 19th century and so a campaign for women's suffrage developed because women wanted to try and get equal rights for themselves in a male-dominated world. ...read more.

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