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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? During the 19th century women had very few rights. In 1839, a law was passed which stated that if a marriage broke down and the parents separated, children under seven years of age should stay with their mother. This showed that women could be independent and were able to make decisions for themselves. In 1857, women could divorce husbands who were cruel to them or husbands who had left them. This act enabled women to divorce if her husband was being cruel. In 1869 single or widowed rate paying women were given the right to vote for municipal councils. This showed that women were capable to vote. These I believe were the start of what was to come because it made women believe that they should have the vote. ...read more.

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After these appointments women sought the vote because they wanted to make a public statement that women were capable of governing. This led nowhere, as women were declared ineligible for election after this campaign. Women could not understand why they were able to help the government but were not allowed to decide which party they helped. Until 1870 women could not even possess property in her own name after marriage. But in 1870 the women's property act of 1870 enabled women to retain their own earnings, savings and legacies up to a value of �200. In 1882 and act in able married women to own property independently of their husbands. This was significant as since manhood suffrage was based on property qualifications, many women who owned property believed that it was particularly unfair that they were unable to vote this was because at this time men who owned property were allowed to vote only. ...read more.

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It was also believed that who put money into the national purse should be able to decide spends it. So women taxpayers thought they should be able to vote. So women who were paying taxes were not allowed a say in who was to be represented in Parliament. In 1884 to thirds of adult males had gained the vote. This annoyed women and was a strong factor for why women's suffrage developed, as women, like criminals and patients in lunatic asylums, were not allowed to vote. As you can imagine women were not pleased by this and did not agree that they should be compared to criminals and lunatics. To conclude there were three main causes of campaigns for women's suffrage after 1870 as I have explained but I feel the most important was the growth of the vote for men the fact women were almost considered to be like criminals. Ben Jones Question 1 08/05/2007 Ben Jones Question 1 08/05/2007 ...read more.

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