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