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Background[ edit ] Until the Great Reform Act specified 'male persons', a few women had been able to vote in parliamentary elections through property ownership, although this was rare. This right was confirmed in the Local Government Act and extended to include some married women.
After the enactment of the Reform Act, the MP Henry Hunt argued that any woman who was single, a taxpayer and had sufficient property should be allowed to vote. One such wealthy woman, Mary Smith, was used in this speech as an example.
The Chartist Movementwhich began in the late s, has also been suggested to have included supporters of female suffrage. There is some evidence to suggest William Lovettone of the authors of the People's Charter wished to include female suffrage as one of the campaign's demands but chose not to on the grounds that this would delay the implementation of the charter.
Although there were female Chartists, they largely worked toward universal male suffrage. At this time most women did not have aspirations to gain the vote. There is a poll book from that clearly shows thirty women's names among those who voted.
These women were playing an active role in the election. On the roll, the wealthiest female elector was Grace Brown, a butcher.
Due to the high rates that she paid, Grace Brown was entitled to four votes. In error, however, her name had been added to the election register and on that basis she succeeded in voting in a by-election — her vote however was later declared illegal by the Court of Common Pleas.
The case, however, gave women's suffrage campaigners great publicity.
Outside pressure for women's suffrage was at this time diluted by feminist issues in general. Women's rights were becoming increasingly prominent in the s as some women in higher social spheres refused to obey the gender roles dictated to them.
Feminist goals at this time included the right to sue an ex-husband after divorce achieved in and the right for married women to own property fully achieved in after some concession by the government in The issue of parliamentary reform declined along with the Chartists after and only reemerged with the election of John Stuart Mill in He stood for office showing direct support for female suffrage and was an MP in the run up to the second Reform Act.
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February Learn how and when to remove this template message In the same year that John Stuart Mill was electedthe first Ladies Discussion Society was formed, debating whether women should be involved in public affairs.
Although a society for suffrage was proposed, this was turned down on the grounds that it might be taken over by extremists.
However, later that year Leigh Smith Bodichon formed the first Women's Suffrage Committee and within a fortnight collected 1, signatures in favour of female suffrage in advance to the second Reform Bill. She was also involved with the London group, and organised the collection of more signatures.
However, in June the London group split, partly a result of party allegiance, and partly the result of tactical issues. Conservative members wished to move slowly to avoid alarming public opinion, while Liberals generally opposed this apparent dilution of political conviction.Yahoo Lifestyle is your source for style, beauty, and wellness, including health, inspiring stories, and the latest fashion trends.
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