The Movement for Women*s Rights

By: Angel Jones and Yessenia Perez
Beginning in the 1830’s women became
frustrated by the prejudices against women
Family and marriage laws were the first to be
focused on
It was hard for women to secure divorces
Husbands had control of their wives property
because of property laws
Women gained the right to their own property
1870 in Britain
1900 in Germany
1907 in France
Britain legalized divorce in 1857.
France only allowed a limited degree of divorce in
Catholic countries (i.e. Spain and Italy) did not
allow women to have any rights in divorcing their
Middle and Upper class women were able to
gain access to higher education and
occupations that males worked in
Women were becoming teachers and nurses
One of the most well known nurse was Amalie
Sieveking who founded the Female Association
for the care and sick in Germany
The women's suffrage movement was
women campaigning for the right to
Emmeline Pankhursdt and her
daughters Christbel and Sylvia founded
the Women’s social and political Union
(WPSU) in 1903
 pelted government officials with eggs, chained
themselves to lampposts, smashed windows
of department stores, burned railroad cars,
and went on hunger strikes in jail.
In 1918 the British government passed
an act giving women the right to vote if
the were over the age of 30 or rented or
owned property for at least 5 Euro/year
or if they were the wife of someone who
In 1928 a law passed allowing all
women over 21 to vote. In most other
European countries, women also were
not permitted to vote until after WWI
Beside suffrage women wanted peace
Bertha von Suttner became the head of the
Austrian Peace Society and would protest
against the growing arms of race of the 1890s
Lower class women also participated in the
cause of peace
Spielvogel, Jackson J. “Western Civilization”.
Wadsworth. 2010,2007. Print