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Why did a campaign for women’s suffrage develop in the years after 1870?

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History Coursework 1/10/2002 Assignment one: Objective one Why did a campaign for women's suffrage develop in the years after 1870? The women's suffrage campaign developed after this time because of various factors, by this time the first women who had been allowed to go to university in 1848 had been educated and had a fuller understanding of politics. This meant that they were able to apply that knowledge to the cause and begin to lead others in a way that would make a difference. These were all middle class women who were only after the right to vote and be seen as equal to men not to look out for the working women who needed to be helped in order to have a decent life. These working women couldn't help themselves because between working and looking after the family they had no time or energy, whereas middle class women had a lot of time to do as they pleased and they had their husbands support. Even thought the Victorian man was a family man who had values and didn't believe in women exposing themselves they still supported their wives. In 1867 suffragist committees were set up in London and Manchester, within a year they were also founded in other major cities, this added to the development after 1870 because by that time these groups had been given the time to grow and branch out expanding in members and ideas. ...read more.

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It is not certain whether or not suffragettes were a help to the suffrage movement. They got the issues into the paper but mainly had bad publicity, the Cat and Mouse act showed how Government looked down on these women as a nuisance. After the Emily Wilding Davison incident men thought that women were going to far and could not be trusted with the responsibility of being able to vote as they were silly in getting themselves killed. Suffragist used non-violent methods and did not get very far in over 30 years but gradually things were beginning to change and they were being listened to but when the suffragettes came along not much more was improved until after the war. I feel that the Suffragettes did not do a lot to further the cause as they made themselves look like fools and spent more time causing problems for Government than trying to talk to them about the issues. Women over 30 gained the vote in 1918 mainly because of women's contribution to the war effort. Do you agree? Explain your answer. In December 1917 a vote in the house of commons finally gave the vote to women 364 to 23. This could have been due to their contribution in the war or due to the threat to the government. In 1916 the government wanted to produce a new electoral register and they realised that under the household franchise as they had joined the army and therefore did not live at home. ...read more.

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This may not have been the proper way to look at it but it is still a factor that needs to be considered when looking at the Victorian males mind as they stood for family values and puritanical views on life. Before the act went through parliament it was almost forgotten to put in a clause about women running as candidates, when the time came to vote only one women actually gained the position even thought 16 ran including Christable and Emmeline Pankhurst. A decade after the first act had some into place giving women the vote after social and legal changes it seemed the restrictions on women voters were ludicrous and therefore the vote was given to women on the same grounds as men. This was partially due to the fact that there had been no disasters when women had voted. Men still dominated the political side of things so they felt they could manage to give the vote to all women to stop all campaigns without having to worry about not completely dominating politics. During the decade between the Representation of the People Act's women were given the right to divorce on the same grounds as men and to inherit from marriage and the right to use contraception even thought it was seen as socially unacceptable. This was a big step for women as it allowed us freedom and as soon as we were given some it kept on growing with time until now when we are seen by the law as equal to men. ?? ?? ?? ?? Laura Young ...read more.

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