Petition for Reform of Married Women’s Property Law

On 14 March 1856, presentation of the Petition for Reform of the Married Women’s Property Law, 1856. The petition began the joint effort by lawmakers and public women to grant married women control of their own wealth.


Jill Rappoport, “Wives and Sons: Coverture, Primogeniture, and Married Women’s Property”

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