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Why Did a Campaign for Women's Suffrage Develop after 1870?

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Emma Rafferty 29/09/08 Emma Rafferty 29/09/08 Why Did a Campaign for Women's Suffrage Develop after 1870? A campaign for women's suffrage developed in the years after 1870 due to several reasons. Before 1870, a large-scale movement had not been created, so in the 19th century women had almost no property rights, very little employment opportunities and hardly any political rights. Women suffered from a number of restrictions: both laws which were made to restrict their freedom including a law banning women from working in coal mines, one of the best paying jobs that a woman could have, and what society thought a woman's role and qualities should be, less intelligent, weaker and concentrated around the family and her husband. Women primarily began to campaign for suffrage because of their inferior status to men, they wanted a change. ...read more.


It showed other women that they could be somebody important, such as a doctor and gave them a positive role model. However many working-class uneducated women were forced into work to provide for their families. This led to a campaign for women's suffrage because they were not happy about being treated like slaves, working up to 80 hours a week, in awful conditions with awful pay. Women wanted freedom, they wanted to be able to get good jobs and live on their own. They wanted not to have to rely on men. But this would only happen if they were able to get education so they could practice for careers that would improve there image in society, which few women could afford. However more and more middle-class women were going to university and becoming educated, this prompted them to strive for change. ...read more.


In conclusion, I believe the most important reason for the development of a campaign for women's suffrage after 1870 is the number of reforms that were taking place. This is important because women were involved in many of these campaigns so they were encouraged that they would be able to win suffrage for themselves. Also the reforms improved women's conditions so they must have felt that they were getting through to the government so their campaigns were working, giving them confidence in themselves and their abilities to push for a change. Other important factors were an increased awareness of women's suppression throughout society, the general public's changing view of a women's place, not just in the home but at work and the growing economic power that women had inevitably gained through an increasing presence in the workplace. Causing women to campaign for change. ...read more.

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