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Women Suffragists
March 2003

Women did not have the right to vote until the 19th amendment was passed in 1920. Suffragists were people who worked to help women gain voting rights.

Antoinette Brown Blackwell helped found the New Jersey Woman's Suffrage Association in 1867. She was one of a handful of early New Jersey suffragists who voted in the presidential election of 1920. Blackwell was active as a speaker and writer for women's rights, temperance, abolition of slavery, and other causes. image of Atioinette Brown Blackwell
image of Alice Paul Alice Paul of Mount Laurel began her work as a suffragist with the National American Woman Suffrage Association. She continued her work as founder of the Congressional Union and the National Woman's Party (NWP). The NWP became the radical wing of the suffrage movement and led picketing of the White House from 1917 to 1919. After the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, Paul turned the NWP toward the goal of equal rights for women. She first introduced the federal Equal Rights Amendment in 1923 and worked for the rest of her life to try to achieve its passage.
After her years of leadership as president of the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association (1912-1920), Lillian Feickert of Plainfield helped to organize the New Jersey League of Women Voters. In 1928, she ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate. image of Lillian Feickert

For more information on New Jersey Women’s History, please visit the Women’s Project of New Jersey.

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