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Why did a Campaign for Women's Suffrage Develop in the Years After 1870?

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Assignment 1 Tom Harrison Question 1 Mrs. Theakston Why did a Campaign for Women's Suffrage Develop in the Years After 1870? There were many reasons for a campaign developing for Women's Suffrage in the years after 1870 which can be identified as social, economical or political reasons. Firstly, I will deal with the economic reasons. A second economic reason for a campaign developing was that new inventions such as the typewriter opened up new job roles which women were good at for example as secretaries. These new jobs reinforced the image of women as being useful in society and therefore capable of managing the right to vote. One of the main triggers for a campaign was the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution led to inventions and new machines creating increasing numbers of opportunities for women. This new work force was more readily employed as they would work for lower pay than men, encouraging factory owners to hire them. ...read more.


Moreover, some of these men that were now able to vote occupied jobs under women for example as farm labourers where they are employed by the farmer's wife so women would have questioned the reasoning of why men should get the vote but their female employers should not. As we shall see, participation in local activities soon fuelled the women's drive for the national vote. A fourth reason was that in the years after 1870, women were given the right to vote in Local Elections in 1889 and for Council and Borough Councils in 1888. This accelerated the campaign for women's suffrage - which had already started by then - as women believed they should also be allowed to vote in Parliamentary elections. They thought that if they had the right to vote in local elections and County and Borough council elections then why should they not be allowed to vote in parliamentary elections as well. ...read more.


Furthermore, the education that had been given to them meant that they were motivated and able to effect change. A final reason was that many prominent individuals thought that women should have the vote. Some examples of these people are Caroline Norton, a bestselling novelist and MPs such as Henry Hunt and John Stuart Mill. These individuals had the background to get themselves heard and knew the right people to tell. Once they had a point of view they could make sure that the important people heard it and those people would probably listen because of these individuals' influence on society. There were a number of very significant incentives for a campaign for women's suffrage developing in the years after 1870 but of these I feel the most significant was the industrial revolution because it made women independent and reliable so I think that this would have made them want to have the vote and for people to start thinking that they should have the vote. ?? ?? ?? ?? Thomas Harrison ...read more.

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