Why, between 1903 and 1914, did the women's suffrage movement fail to achieve its objectives?

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  1. Why, between 1903 and 1914, did the women’s suffrage movement fail to achieve its objectives?

Between 1903 and 1914 there where many reason why women’s movement fail to achieve its objectives because it did not have major support form the public, the different social classes, and not all women wanted it and they did not have the support of parliament, another thing was that not all the in the movement worked together and some followed a more violent protest, and due to this there was poor commutation and ideas between different groups. The Prime Minster of the time Asquith had other major issues to deal with, like Home Rule for Ireland, Parliament act 1911 and the coming of WWII, so to Asquith the women’s movement would have been the lest of his worries, with a world war coming and his Parliament position under fire. The traditional view of women put limits on what so women wanted to do to help the movement. The women’s movement failed to achieve its objectives because of many reason.

Before you can say why the women’s movement failed between 1903- 1914 you have to take a count for what the women achieve before 1914. Like the fact that every year between 1867 and 1884 the women suffrage bill was debated, and had a growing support from the MPs but yet no bill passed, nothing happened, how could nothing happened with a great number of MPs supporting it, this was because any women suffrage bill would throw open a whole debate for male suffrage and no government wouldn’t to go throw that. There were many legal changes that effected women before 1914. Like the one in 1839, a Custody of Infants Act, which allowed separated women the right to custody of their child under the age of 7, in 1857 a Matrimonial Causes Act this allowed for easier divorces, as before you need a act of parliament to get a divorce. In 1870 a Married Women’s Property Act, allow women to keep any income or property acquired, in 1878 magistrate’s courts were given greater power to empower grants of separation and maintenance orders to wives of abusive husbands, this help working- class women as they this was a lot cheaper then the Divorce Courts, and in 1882 a second Married Women’s Property Act allowed women to keep all property and income acquired independently of their husbands. It was also that a lot of women were going into employment like in 1871 nearly 31% of the British labour force was women.  Education was changing before 1850 the opportunities for girls to be educated outside the home was limited, same as for the working- class they could not afford education for there children. In 1860 saw a change in education for both sexes and with the Education Act of 1870 saw for the first time children age between 5 and 11 got a basic education, it was made compulsory in 1880 and free in 1891, with Grammar schools open up more a move got a change to be educated and move on to universities. Many universities admitted, apart for the old established universities at Oxford and Cambridge. The mould was being broken with a space of 50 years, all the women need was the vote, they had the law rights, the same education rights as men and many did better then men, but yet the one thing they wanted the most was not going to happen for them, they want the vote. They had achieve great thing before 1914, but to then not the greatest, they wasn’t the right to vote which lead to the women’s suffrage movement.    

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 One of the main reasons was that the movement failed was that was there was not enough support for the movement, they could not get the support from the public as they saw why should the women get the right to vote yet there are many men that have not got that, and that different social class held different view, like the fact that working classes men and women did not have many rights, many men did not even have the right to vote, though also in the working class women held traditional view of women so feel strongly against ...

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