Women in the Late 19th Century

1210 WordsJun 23, 20185 Pages
Throughout nineteenth century Europe and leading into the twentieth century, the division and integration of equal rights and liberties towards both genders was a predominant issue. From the 1860’s and beyond, male suffrage was expanding due to working-class activism and liberal constitutionalism, however women were not included in any political participation and were rejected from many opportunities in the workforce. They were considered second-class citizens, expected to restrict their sphere of influence to the home and family, and therefore not encouraged to pursue a beneficial education or career. Because they were seen as such weak entities, the only way they were able to advocate their interests and dissatisfaction was through their…show more content…
Social spheres of men and women also began to change and with an education, their numbers in the workforce were doubling in varieties of different jobs. Sometimes men were unsuccessful in creating enough income for the family, so women were encouraged to enter many new factories and workshops that aided in preventing poverty. New jobs as nurses and teachers were not able to be filled by men due to the demanding factory conditions, so women were the logical choice to fill the open positions. At the same time as the establishment of women’s universities, women were granted more legal rights. They had the to power to divorce their husbands and control their own property and with the advancement of so many social reforms put forward by women in the media and in their individual societies, suffrage was the next logical goal. Throughout the 1860’s universal rights for men were expanding, however women still did not have the right to vote. Women’s suffrage movements were created and by the time of the early 20th century, women had created multiple clubs, journals, petitions, and assemblies that all pushed for their right to vote. These political activists were called suffragettes and are highly noted in European history as women who were extremely frustrated with their social and economic restrictions and advocated for their rights. They were longly denied with the predisposition that they were too
Open Document