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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 early years before 1870, women did not have many rights. Men had already gained the right to vote in 1857 but the response from the women was a very slow and long process. By 1870 women had began to fight back and had even won some rights. In the 1840's they won the right to gain a civil divorce and in 1863 they were able to gain custody of their children. This was further supported by the fact that women in the same year of 1863, gained the right to go out and earn their own money, which they had a full right to keep. These were the first few steps that marked the beginning of the campaign for women's suffrage. Although women had gained some rights, they were still hampered by many factors. Firstly they were still under the control of men by law. This meant that they had to do what the men told them to. ...read more.


The chance of having an education came from the fact that the roles of women were changing. There was a minimum of one servant in each and every rich and middle class household. This led to women having more time on their hands, which then meant that they could have a better education. As you can see, having laid the foundation of education, women improved their social image and opened door to many other options like jobs, which would further strengthen their fight for the vote. Along with the educational opportunities came the chance to have better jobs. In the beginning women were only allowed to work in factories and mills but now they were permitted to work in jobs like banking, accountancy and health services in which they could even become doctors. The only bad point was that this was only available to rich women. The reason behind this was that the men with the top jobs in the country were all rich. ...read more.


They had received a taste of freedom and know they wanted it permanently. Therefore they now began to campaign more actively for the vote, which was putting more pressure on the parliament especially because many men were offering their support for women's suffrage. Groups of suffragettes and suffragists like The Women's Freedom League (1900 - 1914), The Women's Labour League and even the Northern Men's Federation for Women's Suffrage were created, who campaigned for women to get the vote. Finally, all the factors linked up for that final push. Women were now legally in a much better and independent state, they were socially accepted by all, they were fully capable of doing any job a man could do and they even had the support of many men. Then ultimately the day came in the year of 1928, women now had right to the vote. Although women over the age of 30 had gained the vote in 1918, now women over the age of 18 had the vote so after years and years of struggle and fighting, women finally gained the vote. Jasmeet Singh 11x1 Mrs Carrington - 1 History ...read more.

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