Around 1850, the rights of women started to change, as laws were made to improve women's education and rights in marriage. However women were still not allowed to vote in the general elections. Many women considered this as a huge prejudice, and that they would have to carry on being second-class citizens until they received the right to vote because a lot of women thought that having a say in general elections would give them more opportunities and rights. Before 1918, only men had the vote, even though they had to qualify by meeting the property qualification (which was someone who earned 40 shillings a year and was a freeholder). Therefore, not all men did qualify, but many women did qualify, and as a result could vote in local elections.
The Campaign for Women’s Suffrage The campaign developed at that time, as it was then the rights of women began to improve. Though women were still thought of as second-class citizens, during the 1870’s the women’s suffrage became a mass movement. Prior to 1870, there were laws that meant that women were unable to keep any of their earnings once they married. That also meant that all her possessions belonged to her husband as well. In 1870, the Married Women’s Property Act meant that women were allowed to keep £200 of their earnings.
Women would have probably gained the vote eventually but it would have taken longer. This was the main reason for the attitude change towards women and their right to vote in 1918, but there were other long-term reasons that gradually brought about this change before 1914. There had been improvements to women's status and role in society, and they were beginning to not be looked on as something more than second-class citizens. There were improvements in the 19th century to women's career opportunities, education and matrimonial rights. Also, the work of the Suffragists and Suffragettes kept the issue in the public eye and raised awareness.
Women worked together to push their rights farther than just the home; from women’s clubs to city hall, the woman’s voice had been silenced for too long. Because the women came together, their goal was achieved, not only the allowance for a female to cast her ballot, but more importantly, a means of becoming economically independent. The reason the women’s suffrage movement didn’t gain nearly as much momentum as it could have in the mid 1800’s is because in western front, women controlled their own lives. Surrounded by wildlife, there was nobody to govern the woman other than her husband, who was out of the house for weeks at a time. Women could practically govern themselves, and the need for a voice to be heard was almost non-existent.
This education showed women that they too had rights and enabled them to realize how society neglected them. In 1870 state schools replaced the old disorganized factory and church schools, which meant that poor children were better educated. Unfortunately academic subjectwere still not taught to girls so it was not until later that larger amounts of working class women joined the movement. With better education women began to gain educated work. They were only offered jobs as teachers and nurses but these opportunities helped give women greater awareness about their rights and civil liberties.
The Development of a Campaign for Women's Suffrage in the Years After 1870 A campaign for women's suffrage developed in the years after 1870 because there were a growing number of unmarried wealthy women who did not have the right to vote and wanted to. The traditional women would be expected to live their lives totally at home and not work outside. As soon as they married they became the property of their husband and were not recognised as individuals or even parents of their own children. During the mid-19th century, men had stopped marrying as early as they should have done and this meant that there were a lot of women with nothing to do and they could not be the traditional housewife they were meant to be. Because of their status there was lack of respectable jobs and this led to a large number of intelligent, frustrated women watching their lives pass them by.
After women got rights in the early 1900s, everything changed for them and their way of thinking. This change was different from on how they dressed to the way thought of sex. The being of the the1900s the women were more conservative by the end of the 1900s women barely had morals. One can look back and from the flappers in the 1920s to now there have been big changes over the years. After the 19th amendment was passed not only did they get the right to vote but they also found that they did not have to only have to take of their children and houses, that there was more out there for them.
Rules and laws of society held women back, but they also gained more influence, power, and opportunities. Although they were not allowed to participate in politics, in 1780, women received better educational opportunities. In addition to that, women also received more rights and possessions. For example, men put their wives into their wills and gave them land and/or possessions for both the wives themselves and their children. Finally, as the Colonial period progressed, women received fair judgement in divorce cases.
Women didn’t start getting the same degrees as men till the mid 1800’s. Major degrees that women began getting were bachelor degrees and medical degrees. In the late 1920’s there was a thought that went around which said that is a women went to college that she would never get married because she was to in... ... middle of paper ... ...fitable, employment. "” In this time women were working in unsafe environments for very low wages and for long hours. The Bureau fought to change these working conditions for the women to make it more pleasant for them to work and for them to be able to make a living off of it also.
As women became more prevalent in the workforce, they were given more opportunities in making the decisions in the family and the community (Hudson, 2011, Para 13). Women did not always have the rights that women today have. It took much time to gain the equality. As women paved the way in the workforce and took the low paying wages, they were only making a name for themselves. Looking back on history, it was obvious that women in the Victorian age really did allow women today to have much freedom.