Center for Women's History
Women’s history is American history. Bring it into your classroom with our new curriculum!
Major support for Women and the American Story provided by
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Curriculum website and learning experience made possible through a grant from
This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.
Lead support for New-York Historical's teacher programs provided by
Ernestine Rose, 1881. Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
Resource 16: The New York State Married Women’s Property Law
An excerpt from the 1848 New York State law that granted married women the right to own property. It became a model for similar statues in other states, and helped eliminate what was, for middle-class and wealthy women, one of the most onerous tenets of coverture.