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Why did a campaign for women's suffrage develop in the years after 1870?

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Question 1- Why did a campaign for women's suffrage develop in the years after 1870? In the nineteenth century, after the third reform act, women were classed by many among criminals and lunatics as only these had been left out of the act, but women felt this was wrong. Why should they not have the same rights as the opposite gender on how to run the country? The main factors that helped a campaign for women's suffrage were economical, social and political factors. The first economical factor that aided the campaign for women's suffrage was the progress that had been made in female education system. From the 1950s numerous schools opened their doors or were set up to women for the first time. Such schools like the North London college for girls in 1950 and the Griton college at Cambridge university in 1869. ...read more.

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These were significant social steps in the development of women's suffrage as before women had no rights over any of their belongings but via these two acts they were equal socially for the first time. This showed that the court of England was willing to trust women with social rights so the question was raised why the government were not trusting women with the vote. The act in 1886 called the Guardianship of Infants Act was another social aspect that not only aided women's suffrage campaign but also allowed women to be their children's legal guardian if their husband had died. This gave women the responsibility over property and their children that they had longed for. Now that women had equal social rights to men the next step was political equality. The final major factor in this essay that helped the development of women's suffrage was political rights. ...read more.

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This political feature showed that women were seen by politicians and MP's to be responsible enough to be trusted with the vote but not at that particular time. In 1897 the NUWWS was formed. This brought in together 50 local organisations with more than 50,000 members. This group acted as a marshal for women's views and with the number of people attending this, the only was forward. This massive organisation caught the people's eye and showed the mass amount of women that felt the same way. It made an impact on the way people thought about women. All these economical, social and political factors aided the campaign for women's suffrage and even though women did not get the government vote by the year 1990, they did make many breakthroughs in education, politics and jobs for the first time. Now that women had equal rights in education and jobs why not in politics. This is what would inspire a campaign for women's suffrage, the right to vote. Word count- 812 words Namdeep Brar 10V ...read more.

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