Since Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-69) women had been considered to be “covered” by their father or husband: women had no moral, political or economic rights of their own, but were subsumed into the identity of the male responsible for them. Following the limited success of the Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Act (1857) and the Marriage Act (1870), women struggled through the Married Women’ Property Committee to achieve full legal recognition. The Married Women’s Property Act of 1882 was a milestone along this road, recognising the right of women to hold property of their own and to act in all ways as an independent legal agent in financial matters. See our entry on the
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Editors. "Married Women’s Property Act". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 February 2008
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