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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 were enfranchised 80 years ago, on February 6, 1918. The Representation of the People Act gave the vote to women over 30 who "occupied premises of a yearly value of not less than �5". But it was not until 1928 that the voting age for women was lowered to 21 in line with men. The first and most important reason for women's suffrage to develop after 1870 were political reasons. Women wanted the right to vote which was really linked to how much property you had and how rich you were. But before 1832 some women could vote because their families had left then property. But the 1832 reform act strictly stated that male householders could vote. ...read more.

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The second most important reason was Social reasons. Women weren't equal. They had no education, unless their parents decided to educate them. Women were known as 'Angels of the house' so they were just tokens to their fathers and when they married they were tokens of their husbands. So women were deemed to be stupid because they were not educated and it was thought that they would take on the political view of their husband so what was the point in voting? A better education would lead to better jobs which in turn lead to better status in society. In the late 18th century Mary Wollstonecraft spoke of the 'Vicious Circle' which showed how women were seen as stupid because of their lack of education Two examples of women that changed the view of women's jobs are: Florence Nightingale who changed the view on nursing forever. ...read more.

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And they should have the right to property as well. "No taxation without representation" was the saying Caroline Norton was a woman who divorced her husband and was prevented from seeing her children. She decided that she would take on the government because women had No rights to property, No legal status, No possessions and they belonged to their husbands. By 1870 there was the first of a series of Married Women's Property Acts. This stated that divorced women could earn their own wages and had some rights to their children. Women wanted suffrage to be equal to men and the same rights and freedoms as men since they did not own anything not even their possessions. The campaigners for women's suffrage did a good job in realising the laws were wrong and helped change the world for the better. ...read more.

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