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

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Why did the campaign for women suffrage develop in the years after 1870? I think that the campaign for women suffrage developed in the years after 1870 because the liberals committed to an increase of franchise but the rule did not include women getting the vote in the 1867 Reform Act, which gave many working class men the vote but nothing to the women which really angered them. The main reasons for women suffrage movement was the work places for women because the only place they could work was at textile factories, or just look after children and do the house work and leave the hard work to men which women really didn't want because they wanted to go out there and vote and do all the jobs they wanted to do like being doctors, builders etc. ...read more.

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Caroline Norton led a campaign to get herself and others justice. It all came in 1857, The Matrimonial Causes Act set up a simpler and cheaper way or getting divorced were cases were taken to a special court. Women could bring divorce cases against their husbands for cruelty, desertion and adultery but it was still unfair because for a man to bring a divorce case to court he had to prove 1 out of 3 reasons and a woman had to prove 2 out of 3 reasons. In 1870 The Married Woman's Property Act was made which allowed women to keep their own income and property after they married which now led to quick reform, In 1886 The Guardianship Of Infants Act allowed women to be their children's legal guardians if their fathers dies. ...read more.

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Women needed more confidence to get the vote so they needed role models to guide them to stand against their oppressors and a great person who did that was Florence Nightingale, who nursed in Crimea and set up nurses training colleges in Britain and improved hospitals. The most important out of all was Queen Victoria who was a women but also the Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Empire. To conclude I think that women suffrage developed in the years after 1870 because of all women were not involved in the franchise, they were treated unfairly in the laws and at work, there husbands treated them unfairly, women get more confidant and involved and role models gave them ore confidence so they could fight off their oppressors. Women wanted to forward their opinions and influence mainly lawmakers but mainly wanted to stand for their rights. ...read more.

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