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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? Women soon became tired of being treated as second best; they wanted the exact freedom that any male would get. Females were confident that they were equally as good as men, and deserve the opportunities that males get in life. The woman's role was seen to be to look after children and the home; the man's part was to make the decisions. A deep-rooted male prejudice had to be overcome. Females were seen as to be too week as to take part in politics. ...read more.

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One woman said, "Men were quite prepared to trust a female doctor with their lives, but would not trust them to vote." Many women wanted to have their say in the government, to use their votes to influence the government and to bring about changed. Mrs Wilbaut in 1900 said "The working woman need the suffrage... in order to obtain better houses, better conditions of living, shorter hours of working, better care for their children". Eventually the National Union of women's' suffrage societies (NUWSS) was set-up. ...read more.

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Suffragettes were quite happy to go to prison for their actions. They would usually refuse to eat and went on a hunger strike. The government was very concerned that they might die in prison giving the movement martyrs. Prison governors were ordered to force feed Suffragettes but this caused a public outcry as forced feeding was used to feed lunatics as opposed to what were mostly educated women. The suffragette's actions probably did more harm than good to the cause, as they were usually highly educated women. Many men asked the simple question - if this is what an educated woman does, what might a lesser-educated woman do? How can they possibly be given the right to vote? ...read more.

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