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Why did women's suffrage develop in the years following 1870?

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Assignment One: Objective One 1. Why did a campaign for women's suffrage develop in the years after 1870? A campaign for women's suffrage developed in the years after 1870 due to many different factors. During the 19th century, Britain was a hugely religious nation, with the majority of people believing the word of the Bible and disregarding other contradictory ideas. This meant that the idea of women being secondary to men was the norm because of Eve's inferiority to Adam in Genesis. Eve was created second and therefore not as important as the man, Adam. This oppression of women was also the case in Britain, during the 1800s, and women were starting to question why they weren't treated as equals with men. Although Britain was a religious nation, the stereotyping of women because of religious ideas was the least important reason for the development of the campaign for women's suffrage. ...read more.


They had better jobs, better pay and better working conditions because of Britain's economic supremacy. This lead to women gaining much more independence under the law. This increased independence was important in the development for women's suffrage, but it wasn't the most important factor. During the late 1800s, women in Britain could see other nations in the Empire giving their female citizens the vote and were frustrated that this wasn't the case in Britain. In 1881, women in the Isle of Man got the vote; in1893 women in New Zealand got the vote and in 1902 women got the vote in Australia. British females could see other British women making an impact on how their country was being led, but they couldn't have that same right in the UK. After years of complete legal inferiority, women saw advancements in other countries and questioned why that couldn't be the case in Britain. ...read more.


Women's contribution and importance in society continued to grow towards the end of the 1800s and in 1893, an act was passed stating the women were allowed to work as factory inspectors, where their decisions were vital for safety measures. These huge advancements in women's independence and the development from their subservient role 50 years beforehand, meant that women were starting to expect a more equal treatment, which included women having the right of suffrage. These advancements for working class men, and the further political independence gained by women were the most important factors for the development of the campaign for women's suffrage in the years after 1870. To conclude, there were many factors that affected the development of a campaign for women's suffrage in the years after 1870 of which the most important was the political advancements for women and the working class man's right to suffrage which showed that opportunities were appearing for people who had had few opportunities before. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hugh Stevens History Coursework 1 ...read more.

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