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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? The campaign for women's suffrage came about after many years of oppression to women. The vote was important to women because it meant they would have a say in how the country was run, politicians would have to make conditions better for women in order to gain their votes. The women of the nineteenth century were clearly treated as the inferior sex. They had no legal rights, especially after they were married. After marriage, women of all classes no longer had any money or belongings, it all belonged to their husbands. ...read more.

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However, what they did earn was almost insignificant due to its unfairness. On average, women earned half to two-thirds less than men for doing exactly the same jobs. This was the same throughout all areas of employment. As well as this, women were not allowed to become doctors, lawyers, have apprenticeships or gain technical knowledge of any job. Although there were many job openings after the Industrial Revolution in the new factories, women were being grossly underpaid. Despite this, women were educated, and in 1871 women were accepted to the newly founded Cambridge University; although they were not allowed the same class of degree as men. ...read more.

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These events show how oppressed women were. They felt that if they had the vote, it would be the first step in getting the choice and freedom they needed. In the years after 1870, many laws aiming to help women were passed, as in 1873 when women were allowed to see their children if they had divorced their husbands; by 1884, women were no longer seen as a chattel of their husbands. After this time, there were many women striking because of their working conditions and, in 1884, two-thirds of men had the right to vote. For women to have the vote would mean political parties having to make changes to the way women were treated so as to get their vote. Women saw this as their only way to freedom and equality. ...read more.

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