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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 the years after 1870, various organisations campaigning for women's right to vote were formed. There was also huge public support for women's suffrage. In 1897 Millicent Garret Fawcett formed the NUWSS (National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies) otherwise known as the Suffragists, and in 1903, Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters, Christabel and Sylvia formed the WSPU (Women's Social and Political Union) who were nicknamed the Suffragettes, who used more militant tactics to obtain the vote than the Suffragists. In 1918 after many years of protesting, the Representation of the People Act was passed and most women over 30 were given the vote. ...read more.

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They had more legal rights; the 1857 marital causes act meant that women could divorce their husbands without a private act of parliament. Also, the 1870 married woman's property act meant they could keep a separate savings account after marriage and keep their own earnings, as opposed to all their earnings going directly to their husbands. Women now had more job opportunities as well as legal rights, the industrial revolution having opened up more jobs to women. They could also be doctors, thanks to Millicent Garret Fawcett's sister, Elizabeth Garret Anderson's campaigning. Now, more women were being educated too. Now women had all these new rights, they were determined that they should have the same voting rights as men. ...read more.

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In the years coming up to 1870, women had more legal rights, job opportunities and educational possibilities than ever before, but as they still did not have the vote, they were still second-class citizens to men. They obviously felt this unfair and wanted to have their say in their country's rule, so when three years preceding 1870, Lydia Beckers founded the National Society for Women's Suffrage, This publicised many women's beliefs that women should have equal voting rights to men and the idea became very popular. The society encouraged many women to show their support for the movement. So when in 1870 Jacob Bright entered a bill into the House of Commons for women's suffrage, the campaigners realised that they could get their views into parliament and get a law passed. James Jarvis 10T ...read more.

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