S5 Female Suffrage 1

This is a summary of the bubbl map created by some higher pupils.
 

  • Why did it take so long for women to get the vote

    • Entrenched Social Values

      • What were the values? 

        • Queen Victoria thought only people who fought for the country should get the vote 

          • Her family were seen as the perfect role models and how every family should be. 

          • She thought women getting the vote was 'mad wicked folly'. 

        • Inequalities among men gave women less of a chance gaining equality 

        • Divorce Laws 

          • Women had to prove cruelty form their husband to even have the chance of divorce 

            • Divorce was a slower process for women that what it was for men

      • Women were more interested in getting married and earning a respectable place in society. 

        • No woman wanted to be a spinster. 

          • Social stigma was when women that were not married were frowned upon

      • Women were to 'obey and serve' their husbands. 

        • Marriage vows.

          • Womens property and income went straight to their husband after marriage

        • Women were dependent on their husbands

      • Women were seen as inferior to men

      • Women were to stay at home cook clean and care for their children

      • Christians believed that women were the weaker sex

    • Legal & Institutional Restrictions

      • Education 

        • Women did not get the same education as men therefore seen to be less intelligent. 

          • Rich and middle class women could take subjects in university such as arts and home skills because thats what women were said to only be capable of doing

        • Women were taught art and home management, not maths or science

      • women were not allowed to own property

        • Voting was based on property values for a long tim

      • Jobs

        • less opportunities in jobs for women

        • less pay & long hours

        • disqualified from professions

    • Political Barriers


      • Parliament was busy doing other things 

        • They were granting more men the vote, never mind more women

      • Not all men had the vote 

        • Property qualification required to be allowed to Vote

          • Women Not got Property Rights in Law 

          • Wages of women were very low and therefore found it very difficult to be able to afford a house

      • Britain was not democratic

        • equal and universal suffrage was not accepted by most

      • Women were taken as politically "Unknown"

        • Women were thought of by men too stupid for politics as the did not have the same education

      • Mp's were men so therefore women felt they were sexiest

    • needed a catalyst ?

    •   World War One

       

      • Gave women less time to campaign
      • Women had a chance to prove themselves
        • Some would argue world war one gave women the vote quicker

         
      • Pressure Groups
        • did not provide break through

          • suffragists too passive, influence slow or ignored

          • Suffragettes militant action put off many in the country