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From 1860 to 1920 the United Kingdom of Great Britain began to undergo change as a result of the Womens Suffrage Movement The diversity among the supporters and opposition that took part in the movement demonstrates different ways citizenship is imagined between different groups of people Some participants of the Womens Suffrage Movement believed that suffrage should be a universal right while others believed that the vote should only be extended to certain types of women or that women should not be able to vote at all Before the mid 19th century the right to vote was a privilege that only wealthy land owning men could enjoy The voting population which was only 4500 people was unrepresentative of the actual population which was composed of more than 26 million people This means that for every 600 people in Britain at the time only 1 person could vote in a parliamentary election As the century moved on the voting qualifications began to expand to include a larger variety of men based on property qualifications but women were still not even being considered for enfranchisement Prior to womens suffrage women were publicly controlled by the decisions that men made in parliament and were privately controlled by the decisions that their husbands or fathers made for them Women were not able to attend universities which denied them an opportunity to earn a degree and have a high wage career The only jobs that were available to women were low wage earning jobs like seamstresses agricultural laborers factory hands and domestic services The women without financial support from a husband could not make enough money from these low wage jobs to provide for her family Lack of economic opportunity made marriage the only viable option for women At the time of marriage everything a woman owned including her body became the possession of her husband by law
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