Votes for Women: New Jersey & Beyond

Votes for Women: New Jersey & Beyond

Township of Ocean Historical Museum
703 Deal Rd., Ocean, NJ 07712

Event Description

When the Founders crafted the U.S. Constitution, they gave the authority to decide who could vote to the states. All but one decided it would be men—white, property-owning men, 21 years old and older. The one exception was New Jersey. For the first few decades of our new nation, property-owning women in New Jersey could vote. But in 1807, state legislators took a step backward and rescinded the right. New Jersey women joined their sisters across the country who were shut off from the ballot. Check out the exhibit that explores the role of suffragettes in the fight for equal voting rights.