No matter what class they were women were not expected to take positions of leadership, this was a mans job. Before 1870 women were not bothered about Legal and Political rights. Before 1870 when a woman got married all her wealth and possessions became her husband's property, this included any children the woman had had in any other previous marriages.
After 1870 things looked up for women's rights, in 1870 Parliament passed the law in which Married women were allowed to keep their own earnings, it was another 12 years before they were allowed to own property and dispose of it as they wished this law was passed in 1882. In 1888 women were able to vote in the County and Borough elections, this was one of the first steps in which women had taken in how their country was run.
Until 1907 women were not allowed to become Councillors, around this time women started to form groups and organizations that campaigned for women's right to vote, such as the N. U. W. S. S, this started to lift off and more and more women started to fight to gain this franchise. This was Progress as it was a starting point for Women's rights. The Married Women's Property Acts let women have some Legal rights, but this did not allow them to vote for their own country, although they were allowed to vote and run for Local Elections.
Men thought these rights were too much, they thought that the women couldn't votes sensibly and should leave it too their husbands. As women became more and more independent and educated they wanted equal legal rights. They wanted all their wealth and possessions and earnings to belong to them and not their husbands. They gained legal status in 1882 but still did not have the right to vote. In 1888 women were allowed to vote in county and borough elections. By 1900 there were many women's organisations to win the vote.