To achieve suffrage was a huge challenge, especially against a completely male government and parliament. No political party could afford to support the women's campaign for vote. Conservatives were against the idea and the Liberals were afraid that they would lose their own support if they did back women's suffrage. They were also concerned about how the women would vote if they were given the right to, as they would likely vote for labour. The Labour party even though they did support women, however lacked enough power and were still unhappy that a third of the men, mostly lower and working class did not have the vote.
Gaining all these new jobs had been a huge leap towards women gaining equality with men, however when the men returned from war most if the women lost their war time jobs. This happened because of a number of reasons. Firstly, public opinion in general believed that the soldiers who had been fighting deserved to come back to jobs and not have to struggle with unemployment. Also some bosses of small and large compani... ... middle of paper ... ...he system seemed to give equal opportunities for both girls and boys there were infact more grammar schools for boys than there were for girls. The Welfare State also introduced family allowances to try and deal with poverty among families with a large numbers of children.
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 1850 some middle and upper-class women began to rebel against their situation, they wanted greater equality with men and the right to vote. Before 1832 however, not many men (about 10%) were allowed to vote, but then the 'Great Reform Act' was passed and this increased the number of men who could vote to about 18%. In 1867, there was a 'Second Reform Act' that increased numbers to about 30%. Many women had hoped they would receive the vote at this time but it did not happen.
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.
He was saying that they were gullible, indecisive and not interested in politics. This brings me onto my next point, which is that some argued that giving women the vote would be the equivalent of giving husbands two votes. They thought this because wives were expected to hold the same political views as their husbands, and if they were so credulous they would believe ... ... middle of paper ... ...way from violent behaviour. This obviously undermined the efficiency and impacts of the WSPU. Their violent methods also turned moderate men against the idea of women suffrage as they gave them a negative perspective of women.
These constraints in society kept women far away from the public sphere and working jobs. This was a long term cause in why women didn’t get the vote, it was important because when women tried to gain the vote it was seen as shocking and the government wasn’t prepared to give women the vote immediately because it was such a revelation in society, this was a huge barrier for women trying to gain suffrage to pass. Throughout the demonstrations there was fierce government opposition. An important factor was that government was preoccupied with other issues. For example although Irish Nationalist party MPs were supportive of suffrage they voted against the bill because they thought it would take attention away from Ireland.
Why Women Failed to Gain the Right to Vote between 1900 and 1914 In the following essay I will talk to you about why the women of Britain did not achieve the right to vote in the early nineteenth century. I will inform you of the women’s arguments for why they thought they should be allowed to vote, and also the argument against women gaining the right to vote. Most people didn’t like the idea of women having the right to vote. They thought that women weren’t capable of making sensible judgments on political issues, and they also thought of politics as being ‘unfeminine’, maybe because they’d never ever given women the opportunity to even step into politics and see what it’s like. Even the queen of the time, Queen Victoria wasn’t in favour of giving women the vote and she quoted it as ‘mad, wicked folly’.
This issue is important because many women believe that the rights of a person should not be infringed no matter what their gender is, and by not giving them equality, their rights are being limited. During the periods 1840 to 1968, total equality for women did not become a reality due to inadequate political representation, economic discrepancy, and commercial objectification. Throughout history, women have always fought to gain equal political rights, but conventional roles kept women from getting enough political representation. Many suffrage groups founded by women challenged the conventional roles of women during 1840 to 1968 with the dream of obtaining equal political representation. In 1919, the nineteenth amendment, drafted by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton was passed.
It was the most important movement in showing the equality of men and women, and while to this day, there still may be some people that believe that women are inferior to men, the majority of people see that women are truly capable of doing anything that men can do. Women had wanted their political freedom for a while, but they did not feel as if they were a strong enough force to overcome the negative opposition from men and even other women. The idea of women's suffrage was first introduced at the Seneca Falls Convention on July 19, 1848. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott headed it. It was the first organized women's rights convention.
This approach was successful because the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. The NWP also held the Democrats, who were mostly in power, responsible for women not being able to vote. Instead of making allies with powerful Democratic lawmakers in order to get their vote, they blamed them for their resistance to supporting women’s suffrage. They even campaigned against the Democratic candidate, Woodrow Wilson, in the presidential election of 1916 and burned his speeches in public bonfires (Alice Paul and the Struggle for Women's Suffrage). This was effective because many powerful lawmakers lost supporters and felt pressure to pass suffrage laws.