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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 the years after 1870 more and more women began to campaign for women's suffrage, this resulted in a myriad of organizations e.g. WSPU, NUWSS being formed, all being set up with the sole purpose of getting the franchise for women. There are several different reasons for this change in attitude, as I will now go on to explain. The introduction of the 1867 Reform Act led to major changes concerning the franchise for men. It gave the vote to every male adult householder living in a borough constituency. ...read more.

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Throughout British history there had been a lack of status for women resulting in them being seen as lesser beings and in many cases led to them conforming to their place in society, with such sexist attitudes it seemed as if there was no place in the polling stations for women, but in the years leading up to 1870 women had been more involved in society and had been fulfilling roles which not so long ago would have been seen as suitable only for men. Along with taking part in general elections women began to get involved with trade unions and school board's they also started seeking employment in fields such as teaching and medicine. ...read more.

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This idea had already been approved in several other countries e.g. Finland, Denmark, Russia and New Zealand, who also happened to be part of the British Empire. This added to the incentive for changes to be made in the U.K. Another rather dubious issue that aided the need for a campaign was the so-called attitude that women would bring to governing the country. Although sexist within itself, it was thought that women would transform the government into a calmer more peaceful governing body, which would refrain from violent actions. It was also believed that women would be more lenient in terms of policies resulting in better treatment of people. ...read more.

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