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Government, Legislative

1786     A Petition by Rachel Lovell Wells, 1786. The text of the petition of a Bordentown sculptor and widow to the Continental Congress for relief after the Revolutionary War, May 18, 1786.  

1790   Acts of the Fifteenth General Assembly of New Jersey. This document refers to voters as both "he" and "she," 1790.  

1797   An Act to regulate the election of members of the legislative council and general assembly, sheriffs and coroners, in this State. This act allowed voting by women, 1797. 

1807   Acts of the Thirty-second General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, 1807. This act limits voting to free, white, male citizens.   

1852   Married Women's Property Act, 1852. This was the first New Jersey law reforming married women's property rights.  

1857   Report of the Assembly Committee on Women's Rights, 1857. A response to the petition of Harriet M. LaFetra. 

1867   "Women Suffrage in New Jersey."  An address delivered by Lucy Stone, at a hearing before the New Jersey Legislature, March 6th, 1867. 

1868   Petition to the New Jersey Legislature from Lucy Stone and Antoinette Brown Blackwell.  A letter on woman suffrage and property rights, 1868. 

1868   Report of the Judiciary Committee of the New Jersey Assembly, April 9,1868. This report denies the Stone and Blackwell petition for woman suffrage and property rights. 

1869   The Paterson Daily Press reports on the New Jersey Senate, March 24,1869. According to the report the New Jersey Senate mocks the suffrage petition sent by the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association.  

1887   New Jersey School Suffrage Act, enfranchises rural and small town women in school matters, 1887.  

1920  Night work for women.  In the 1920s, the New Jersey Consumerís League and the National Consumerís League, studied the working conditions of women in the state of New Jersey and, in particular, the conditions in the textile mills of Passaic.

1920   State of New Jersey Senate Concurrent Resolution, No. 1 ratifying the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution granting woman suffrage. 1920.

1923   The New Jersey Republican, April 1923, a cover photo of Juliet Clannon Cushing (1845-1934) being congratulated for the passage of the night work bill.  

1925   "How New Jersey Laws Discriminate Against Women"  flyer published by the National Woman's Party, 1925. 

1952   New Jersey Wage Discrimination Act. This act was New Jersey's first equal pay act, 1952. 

1952   Racially Integrated Classroom, Berlin Township, 1952.

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