The Reasons Behind the Development of Women's Suffrage Campaign

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The Reasons Behind the Development of Women's Suffrage Campaign

Ans.1: From 1837 to 1901 Britain, reached its highest power, and was

ruled over by a female monarch. Queen Victory ruled over a society in

which women were denied the same political rights as men, in

employment they experienced exploitation, whilst the doors to

professional careers remained closed to them. Society expected women

to be wives and mothers and assumed that women were economically and

socially dependant on men. The vote was seen as a device which could

be utilized to force the government to take women's issues seriously.

Thus began the suffrage movement in the years after 1870.

Education was seen by feminists as the key to unlock the closed doors

of the masculine world of politics. The pauper children went to

workhouse schools, and the young factory workers attended factory

schools. The girls of a higher class went to state schools, which

taught them the basic reading, writing and mathematical skills. The

system emphasized subjects like cookery, needlework, housewifery at

the expense of other subjects. All women, whatever the intelligence or

capability were denied access to both universities and medical

schools. As a result of their poor education, women had limited career

options. Working class women were employed in a variety of unskilled

and low paid jobs, in factories and workhouses. In 1870 as a result of

the Education Act, women were eligible to serve on the newly created

School Boards which had responsibility for the education of children

in state schools.

The feminists realized that unless great changes were made to the

education received, wome...

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...hange in leaders who were more sympathetic to their cause. They

used the war as an excuse to give women the right to vote. On the

basis of this I disagree with the statement. However if women had not

contributed to the war effort with the fervor that they did,

parliament may not been able to justify giving women the vote. In this

way I agree with the statement.

Therefore on the basis of the above, I partially agree with the


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