Beginning in 1839 in the United States, women develop their legal rights to own property, earn a salary (and keep it rather than forfeiting it to their husbands), enter into legal contracts, inherit, write wills, and much more.
This financial independence movement was largely led by feminist pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton who, at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, codified the goals of the first-wave feminist movement in her “Declaration of Sentiments:”
He has made her, if married, in the eye of the law, civilly dead.
He has taken from her all right in property, even to the wages she earns.
He has so framed the laws of divorce, as to what shall be the proper causes of divorce, in case of separation, to whom the guardianship of the children shall be given; as to be wholly regardless of the happiness of the women—the law, in all cases, going upon a false supposition of the supremacy of a man, and giving all power into his hands.
I can own property and keep my own wages — thanks, feminism!
Want to learn more?
"1848: Married Women Win Property Rights" "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions" "Women's Rights and Their Money: A Timeline From Cleopatra to Lily Ledbetter"