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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 I'm going to explain why the campaign for women's suffrage developed in the years after 1870. The reasons why a campaign for women's suffrage developed in the years after 1870 can be summarized into two main reasons. One was because they wanted equal status with men and the other was to change their lives and to gain the right to vote as well as freedom. The women's suffrage was a worldwide issue that had began a long time before the 19th century. It was going on in Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, United States, New Zealand, Australia and Italy. The women's suffrage movement was not only striving for equal rights of women but also for voting privileges. ...read more.

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After 1870 however, attitudes towards women in society were changing slowly which increased the number of people supporting the campaign for women's suffrage. Another reason why the campaign for women's suffrage developed in the years after 1870 is that there were a lot of social changes that were beginning to challenge the family institution. For example the sizes of families began to decline as women got married a little later and contraceptive practices began to be adopted which enabled women to have fewer children. This gave women the opportunity to be able to go to school or to work. Women however had no means to gain an education since no college or university would accept women students but in the early 19th century, educators began expanding the opportunities of women in education. ...read more.

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Change of laws also contributed to the development of women's suffrage in 1870. Married Women's Property Act allowed wives to keep some of their earnings and own their own property. From the evidence above it is clear that there are many reasons to why a campaign for women's suffrage developed in the years after 1870. It was acceptable in society that a women's place was in the home but as the world started changing and women's views started to change they believed that they were as intelligent and capable of doing the same things as men. The influence they got from other countries also contributed to the development of the campaign for women's suffrage because women thought that if women in other countries were capable of gaining the vote then we are as capable as them. ...read more.

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