The laws and customs about treating women
Women were not allowed to vote for members of Parliament during the nineteenth century.
-Everything a woman owned passed on to her husband after marriage.
-A woman was expected to hide herself away during pregnancy.
-A woman had sole responsibility for the child in case of divorce or separarion.
-A woman could only divorce by proving that two of the following acts had been commited: cruelty, desertion and adultery.
-A woman could claim no maintenance money from a husband after divorce or separation.
Treating women in 1900
By 1900, women's pressure groups had made a little progress in gaining right for women. For example, in 1870 and 1882 laws were passed that allowed women to keep their own income and property after marriage. But women were still not allowed to vote in elections.
When the war broke out in 1914, Sylvia refused to stop working for women's rights. She condemned the war but recognized that it was causing great hardship for women. Women were not capable to work because they needed to find childcare. Sylvia organized nursery, school and creche, so women did not worry about their children.
Sylvia also continued to keep the government aware of how women were working under great strain in order to allow men to fight in the war.
In 1918 women over the age 30 who owned property were given the right to vote. The rest gained the vote in 1928.