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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Acts of the Council and General Assembly of the State of New-Jersey, from the Establishment of the Present Government, and Declaration of Independence, to the End of the First Sitting of the Eighth Session, on the 24th Day of December, 1783. . . . Trenton: Printed by Isaac Collins, printer to the state of New Jersey, 1784. Law Library, Library of Congress (003.00.00)

New Jersey Women Gain, then Lose the Vote

The American Revolution roused the former colonies to rewrite their state constitutions and redefine voting rights. The 1776 New Jersey state constitution granted suffrage to all inhabitants meeting certain age, property, and residency requirements, thereby allowing some women to vote in local and state elections. This groundbreaking change lasted only thirty-one years, ending in 1807 with a state law restricting the vote to “free, white, male citizens” at least twenty-one years old and “worth fifty pounds.”

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