How Women Won and Lost the Vote in the Early Republic

It is less surprising that women in New Jersey lost the vote in 1807 than that they were allowed to vote at all.

Lecture Description

This presentation explores a little-known episode in early American history when women were allowed to vote in New Jersey from 1776 to 1807. The talk explains the origins of female suffrage during the American Revolution; discusses how, when, and why women voted; and explains why women lost the vote in 1807. It also places the episode within the larger trajectory of women’s suffrage extending into the 1840s, the post-Civil War era, and the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920.


Revolutionary and Early National Women's Rights, Activism, and Suffrage

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