Radical Women: Fighting for Power and the Vote in New Jersey!
Tune in on Zoom for a joint program with the Newark History Society and the Newark Public Library.
“Taxation without representation is tyranny.”
“In New Jersey, women and negroes voted from 1776 to 1807, a period of thirty-one years…There is no evidence that women and free negroes abused or neglected their political privileges…It does not appear that (they) were more implicated in the frauds than the white men and they seemed to have been made the scapegoats.” – Lucy Stone
Though not seen as radical today, the nineteenth and early twentieth century women’s rights movement exploded deeply held beliefs about women’s proper roles within the home and in the wider community.
Women’s rights were an emotional and heavily disputed issue with profound economic and political implications. For many women, achieving the vote was part of a larger struggle against racism, anti-immigrant sentiment, and economic exploitation.
Women from a wide variety of backgrounds petitioned and agitated relentlessly to get the vote. Suffragists included women who were rich and poor, Black and white, native born and immigrant. Sometimes in alliance with each other and sometimes in conflict, diverse women fought for equality and challenged the notion that a woman’s place was in the home.
Thank you to the galleries and artists who have generously loaned their art for inclusion in this exhibition including: Gallery Aferro, Gladys Grauer (In Memoriam), Donna Conklin, Asha Ganpat, Diane Savona and Leslie Sheryll.
Newark Public Library has received a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.