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Women Vote < 1914

British Depth Studies - Women and the Vote - Dates

1889 The Women's Franchise League campaigns for rights of married women and equality in divorce, inheritance and child custody
1891 (2) 1. Compulsory education for all working class children up to 12 2. Men cannot force their wives to live in the matrimonial home
1894 Parish Council Act - women ratepayers or property owners can serve in parish councils
1896 Factory Act - No child employment of <11 years old, and 4 weeks maternity leave for women
1897 National Union of Women Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) formed (Suffragists)
1901 Factory Act reduced women's working hours by 1
1832 Electoral Reform Acts - Middle Class men
1867 Electoral Reform Acts - Working Class men in Towns
1884 (2) 1. Electoral Reform Acts - Working Class men in Countryside 2. Married women recognised as individuals in law
1882 Women's Property Act - Women had a right to own property
By 1914 (3 pos) 1. 1,500+ women serving as Poor Law Guardians 2. 20% of working women in a union 3. NUWSS had 100,000 members in 500 branches
By 1900 (2) 1. Women could vote in local election and partake in local Gov as councillors 2. Lib party divide, but backbenches mostly supported Votes for Women
Jan 1906 Lib Gov elected. Majority support Votes for Women
March 1907 Women's suffrage bill introduced - stalled by opponents so it ran out of time
Feb 1908 New Women's Suffrage Bill - passed on to a 2nd reading but no further
March 1909 Lib Gov's radical Suffrage bill - rights to almost all adult men and women. Majority in 2nd reading but no further in Parliment
Nov 1909 General election called - bill is temporarily dropped
June 1910 An all-party committee drafts Conciliation Bill. Gives women the vote and acceptable to all parties. Passed with majority in 2nd reading
18th Nov 1910 PM Asquith calls another election. Bill is abandoned
May 1911 Conciliation Bill reintroduced. Get massive majority. Asquith says Gov will proceed with bill in 1912
Nov 1911 Lib Gov wont support the bill, so it's dropped. They want a bill for widened men's vote only. Asquith says bill could be amended to include women. Women are furious.
March 1912 2nd reading of Conciliation Bill. It's defeated
June 1912 Suffrage Bill introduced. Postponed until 1913.
1913 1. Attempts to include votes for women in Male Suffrage Bill fail. Women's vote amendments are withdrawn 2. 'Cat and Mouse Act'. Huger Strikers can leave prison and recover, then finish sentence.
May 1913 New private member's bill introduced for womens's vote, but is defeated.
1908 More Vocal campaigning eg speeches in Downing Street by Edith New and chaining herself to the railings, Rally in Hyde Park with boat passing by Parliment
Oct 1908 Crowd 'rush' of House of Commons - Mrs Pankhurst, Daughter Christabel and 'General Flora Drummond sent to prison
1903 Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) formed (Suffragettes)
4th June 1913 Emily Davison hit by horse at the Derby
8th June 1913 Emily Davison's Death
14th June 1913 Emily Davison's funeral procession in London - Thousands attend
1914 Votes for Women had a circulation of 40,000
From 1911 (2) 1.Increased violence by suffragettes 2. Larger majority against women's suffrage each time it was brought up in Parliment
By 1914 (2 neg) WSPU had some problems: 1. Campaign had changed for vote for women - with property 2. Much smaller and more radical
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