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1760  Runaway Wives  As a British colony, New Jersey was subject to English Common Law and its women, especially married women, were subject to the limitation of rights familiar to women in England.

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.

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. 

1897   Jennie Tuttle Hobart (1849-1941), c. 1897, when she was Second Lady of the nation during the first administration of William McKinley. 

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

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