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

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History coursework Why did a campaign for Women's suffrage develop in the years after 1870? There were many reasons why women wanted the vote and started campaigning for women's suffrage after 1870. Most reasons were to improve the lives of women and to put more meaning into their lives. The development actually started before 1870 and continued into the 20th century. Women wanted the vote for three different reasons political reasons, economic reasons and social reasons. Political reasons were say a middle class woman involved with local politics and there were many 'old fashioned' reasons why they shouldn't get this. These were that women had no education so they didn't know about politics, they had little interest in politics, that politics were bad and nasty and women should be protected against it and that women were not rational enough and were too pure for the political world. Women tried to show that they could be interested and educated in politics by having political groups. Political awareness was shown in groups like Anne Knight's 'Sheffield Women's Political Association'. Women already had some rights like the 'Municipal Corporations Act' of 1869 and this allowed a single woman the right to vote in municipal elections. However a married woman couldn't and this is what they wanted. Another right was that women ratepayers could be elected to, and vote on, School Board elections. ...read more.


In 1892 a step forward was taken as the first women factory inspector was appointed that year. Women felt that to get to work in hospitals they had to get some good reasons why they felt justified for the rights. This is one reason, women could work in hospitals if they had the education needed and the women felt they needed the vote to improve their situation further so they wanted to be able to work with property and have education. This is another good reason why women started campaigning for suffrage in 1870. This is because the upper and middle class women were now involved and there was more people behind the vote. If the vote went through the women would be able have job possibilities allow their live to have meaning and a bit more meaning to live than staying at home. This inspired lots of women to join in for this freedom hence the reason why the campaign developed in 1870. The second reason in the economic sections is employment for the lower classes say an office, shop or factory worker. These are some 'old fashioned' ideas that prevent women from working alongside men, if women started working there would be less jobs for men and women were too weak. The working class women had to work in domestic service or factories and out of necessity worked thought their married life. ...read more.


The second education is a bit more important and there were more old fashioned ideas these were that women didn't have the intellectual capacity to cope with a high level of study. Women again felt justified in arguing against these views because with the right education they would be able to achieve a lot in politics and employment. Women already had some rights like in1850 the North London Collegiate School for Girls and in 1878 London University admitted female students. This reason is just as important as the others because with the education they would be able to get the jobs they wanted and the political positions they wanted. This would also allow the women a bit more respect as they would have a good place at a works. This did help the women become more justified in getting the vote and help the campaigns start in 1870. In conclusion campaigning for women's suffrage developed after 1870 because women were being united by the rights they wanted. In other words, it was the rights that the women would have if they got the vote that made the campaign for women's suffrage develop. Women were together in the arguments: lower, middle and upper class all united and this made the numbers behind votes for women increase steeply. This allowed the campaign for suffrage also to develop in 1870. I came to the conclusion that it was mainly for the political and the economic reasons that a campaign for women's suffrage developed in 1870. ...read more.

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