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Why was it that women began to demand more political rights in the 19th century?

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Why was it that women began to demand more political rights in the 19th century? The demand for the rights of women in the late eighteenth century provided the basis and the framework for modern feminism. In Britain its emergence was closely bound up with the broad range of social and economic changes brought by industrialization and urbanization in the later eighteenth century, the expansion in wealth and power of the middle class, and the new emphasis on individualism and economic independence which accompanied it. Although, I believe it was the political upheaval of the French Revolution and the debates about political rights as well as citizenship which surrounded it that brought the first extensive discussion of women's emancipation, the central concern of modern feminism. ...read more.


This discussion that made the role of women, at this time would have offered a redefinition of 'womanhood' which would have been central to much nineteenth century feminism. At this time, it is known that women were becoming increasingly active in a range of public activities. For instance, during the wars with France, women became involved in patriotic endeavours, establishing a civic role for themselves. In addition to this, women were beginning to set up their own groups and organizations. These activities must have raised the range of women's public involvement and provide women with the skills, self confidence, connections, sense of identity, and commitment to public and political activism that would have provided the basis for organized feminism. ...read more.


Therefore, the extensive discussion of the 'new woman' in the nineteenth century raised a number of questions about marriage and sexuality that is likely to assume, were rarely publicly debated before. It is notable by the rapid increase in suffrage societies and suffrage activity in the early twentieth century and seemed to have created a new image to what women could become. This was able to occur due to activities that took place in the nineteenth century that allowed women to be pushed into society and have an impact in the community they lived in. This new role led to public awareness and gave women the possibility to organise, as well as share their views of the 'new women'. This must have given women the courage to speak up and demand for political rights, such as suffrage, in the 19th century. Shradha Patel 11S.4 ...read more.

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