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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? In this essay the reasons why the campaign for women's suffrage developed will be explained using the various acts and all the different changes that happened to women. In the year 1870 and well before that time women were being treated very unfairly and were classed as second class citizens. There were many restrictions put there by men to stop women from being on the same level as men these included * The right to vote, they could not vote * Women did not have the right to work in politics. * Women could not own their own properties * Women could not be the legal guardians of their own children. * If women had any money or earned any money then it would all go to the husband or the man of the house. The only people before 1870 who could vote were middle class men, upper class men and men who were working class but lived in towns. ...read more.

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This led to women wanting the vote because now women were being educated and could now think on the same level as men. So now in the view of Mary Wollstonecraft women should now be accepted as intellectual equals. Emile Davies started up the Girton College in 1873 which was the first ever female University College. Also in 1878 London University opened its doors to female students.; This resulted in women becoming highly educated and being able to work and discuss subjects on the same level as men . This proved that the theory of women having smaller brains than men wrong as now some women were becoming more educated than some men. In 1877Annie Beasant and Charles Bradlaugh campaigned for the much wider use of birth control. This meant that with the wider use of birth control women could control when they had children and by doing this have time for other activities like work. ...read more.

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There were many political changes that women experienced in the 1800s which led to the campaign for the right to vote developing because women were slowly beginning to gain more rights. The Municipal Corporations Act of 1869 gave single women the right to vote in local elections. This resulted in women wanting the vote more because they could influence very little in local elections but in a general election they could influence the change in everything. This proved to m en that woman were interested in politics and had a mind of their own. The Married Women's Property Acts of 1870 and 1882 made it legal for women to keep any money and property that they owned. This made women want the vote because now they could be land owners and have more money than some men. In 1867 working men ion towns were given the right to vote. In 1884 men in rural areas were given the vote. However women were still not allowed to vote. These just infuriated women as they had worked hard but they continued to strive forward with the goal of getting the vote for females. ...read more.

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