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

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History Coursework Why did a campaign for women's suffrage develop in the years after 1870s? In the years after 1870s a campaign for women's suffrage developed as women wanted to gain the vote. The situation of both women and men was changing, with regards to voting in the elections, throughout the 19th century. In 1867 every male householder in the boroughs was given the vote. This meant that one in every three adult males now had the vote. However, women were excluded from this Reform Act as many authorities, including Queen Victoria, were against women's suffrage. In1869 a minor success for women occurred as some unmarried women were allowed to vote in local elections. After more than fifty years of peaceful campaign this was a little success for women who saw how more and more men started gaining the vote. Another Reform Act, in 1884, gave the vote to over two million men including farm labourers who where illiterate. This was an offence for educated women who were not given the vote in the 19th century. This triggered the development of women's suffrage campaigns. In addition to the increase in number of male voters in the elections, women faced disadvantages in terms of their social and economic rights. ...read more.

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As some unmarried women were given the vote in local elections, the rest of the women believed that they could also gain this right. Women believed that, as they were gaining equality in other areas such as divorcing, they should also receive the vote so that they were equal to men in the political area. The fact that many women had this opinion resulted in the formation of campaigns for women's suffrage as women believed that if they exposed their opinion together they will finally receive a response. In general I think that the fact that most men were allowed to vote in general elections by 1884, even those who were illiterate, meant that women should have had the vote as figures suggest most women were educated and high society which mean that they contributed more to the economy of the country and any changes in the political system such as the party that rules the country could have a big effect on these women in terms of their job and economic status. After the extension to the franchise in 1884 around 30,000 English women farmers saw many of their male agricultural workers use their newly-acquired right to vote when they did have this right. ...read more.

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campaign saw how in countries like New Zealand where women were given the vote in 1893 and they showed how they were as capable as any men to vote for the right candidate. This was something that attracted more supporters towards the women's suffrage campaigns. Examples of such countries were used as a model example of English women who wanted the vote and as a result they used the political and economical status of such countries in their campaigns with the objective of exhibiting how women were as capable of men of choosing the candidate that will benefit the country. We could also say that thanks to presence of female suffrage in other countries of the modern world campaigns for women's suffrage became more and more common with time. Finally, as a conclusion, I think that the main reason why after 1870 a campaign for women's suffrage occurred was mainly thanks to the growing equality between men and women and by the way in which the government was improving women's social and economical rights. I think this made supported of the women's suffrage see how the government was finally prepared to give the vote for women even thought they did not give this right until 1918. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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