Helen Stevenson Meyner (1928-1977) Jersey gem: Devoted career to state politics New Jersey Representative Helen Stevenson Meyner was a founder of the Congresswomen’s Caucus. The organization of female representatives was designed to focus on federal legislation of particular concern to women. At the start of her career, Meyner wrote a twice-weekly column for the Newark Star-Ledger and […]

Mildred Barry Hughes (1902-1995) Jersey gem: Born in Elizabeth Democrat Mildred Barry Hughes was the first woman to be elected to the New Jersey Senate. When she won the seat in 1965, Hughes was the first Democrat from Union County to be elected to the Senate in 75 years. She was also elected to the Assembly […]

Anne Marguerite Henriette de Marigny Hyde de Neuville (1771-1849) Jersey gem: Settled in New Brunswick French Baroness Anne Marguerite Henriette de Marigny Hyde de Neuville secured the safe passage of her Royalist husband to America. After the French Revolution, the Baroness traveled alone across Europe to intercede with Napoleon on her husband’s behalf. In order for […]

Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) Jersey gem: From Bound Brook Margaret Bourke-White was one of four photographers chosen for the original staff of LIFE magazine, and her photo of Fort Peck Dam in Montana appeared on its inaugural cover in 1936. She was considered the magazine’s star photographer during WWII and also sustained her career as an official […]

  Julia Hurlbut (1882-1962) Jersey gem: Born and raised in Morristown Suffragist Julia Hurlbut joined the World War I conflict in Europe as a relief worker. She managed an officers’ club at Chatillon-sur-Seine in France and oversaw hut canteens for the troops. Hurlbut and her colleagues believed that active loyalty and support of the war […]

Lydia Young Hayes (1871-1943) Jersey gem: Career based in NJ Lydia Young Hayes organized and directed the New Jersey Commission for the Blind. As an eight-year-old, Hayes suffered a debilitating injury on her family’s farm — a bull charged at the girl and the related injuries caused her to lose sight in both eyes. From that moment on, Hayes dedicated her […]

  Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh (ca. 1680-1762) Jersey gem: Settled in Haddonfield, inspired town name A British-born Quaker, Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh founded a home for traveling ministers on New Jersey land owned by her father. She managed the plantation and served as clerk of the Quaker women’s meeting for over 50 years. Estaugh is considered by […]