The NUWSS and votes for women 1897-1903

How had life improved for women by the late 19th century?
All children had access to free schooling up to the age of 13, more women were being admitted to higher education and the professions- able to become doctors
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What were some of the inequalities women faced regarding unemployment and how would getting the vote change this, in many women's' opinion?
The law and banking were still closed to women so women believed that gaining the right to vote and entering parliament would enable them to have more opportunities and achieve greater equality
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When did the women's suffrage movement initially take off?
In the 1860s, the same decade as the LNA's campaign to repeal the Contagious diseases acts
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What was presented to parliament in 1866?
A petition demanding the right to vote signed by 1500 women
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When was the National Union of Women's suffrage societies (NUWSS) formed?
1897
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Why was the NUWSS set up?
To unite the various suffrage organisations that had been set up over the past 30 years
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What were the members of the NUWSS also known as?
Suffragists
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How many suffrage societies were there in britain before the outbreak of war in 1914?
400
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How did the NUWSS appear by the end of the 19th century?
Strong and united
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Where did suffragists focus much of their campaigning and why?
On persuading individual MPs to support women's suffrage as only parliament could pass laws to give women the vote
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What were the NUWSS's tactics?
Petitioned parliament to demonstrate increasing support for women's suffrage and lobbied MPs. In election campaigns they worked for those who were in favour of votes for women- by distributing leaflets in support of them
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Did any of the political parties adopt women's suffrage as official policy?
No
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How did suffragists circumvent the fact that none of the political parties adopted women's suffrage as policy?
They relied on sympathetic MPs to put forward private member's bills for women's suffrage
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How frequently were these private member's bills introduced?
Almost every year in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
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How were the private member's bills often received?
Much of the parliamentary debate concerning the bills consisted of poking fun at the suffragists or was downright hostile
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What was one of the main reasons why the Women's social and political union was set up?
The fact that not one of the bills was ever passed
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When was the WSPU set up?
1903
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