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 […]

Alberta Gonzalez (1914-1996) Jersey gem: Worked in Mullica Hill In the summer of 1954, Alberta Gonzalez became the first Puerto Rican woman crew leader to supervise a labor camp for migrant farm workers in New Jersey. Four years earlier, Gonzalez had migrated to Mullica Hill from Puerto Rico. She was hired by farmer Jim Lernner […]

Lillian Gilbreth (1878-1972) Jersey gem: From Montclair Lillian Gilbreth was a pioneer in engineering and scientific management. She and her husband were the parents of twelve children and the subjects of the well-known book, Cheaper by the Dozen, which discusses the application of scientific management principles to the home. Gilbreth also published her own study, The Psychology of […]

Marie L. Garibaldi (b. 1934) Jersey gem: Hails from Jersey City Marie L. Garibaldi was sworn in as the first woman on the New Jersey Supreme Court. She was appointed by Governor Thomas Kean in 1982. A former Weehawken municipal judge and partner in a prominent New Jersey law firm, Garibaldi wrote the majority opinion […]

(Ford’s home; present) Theodosia Johnes Ford (1741-1824) Jersey gem: Resided in Morristown Widow Theodosia Johnes Ford opened her home and grounds in Morristown to General George Washington, which he used as his headquarters from December 1779 to June 1780. Ford was bequeathed the mansion, along with furniture, cattle and a horse, after her husband’s death […]

Grace Baxter Fenderson (1882-1962) Jersey gem: Worked in Newark Grace Baxter Fenderson founded the Newark chapter for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1914. In later years, she served as president and chairperson of the Executive Committee. Fenderson began her impressive career in 1906 as one of the first regular African-American […]

Eleanor Egg (1909-1999) Jersey gem: Born and raised in Paterson Eleanor Egg launched her track and field career in 1923 as a talented member of the Paterson Girls’ Recreation Program. Her relay team achieved an outdoor world record only two years later. Egg continued on to compete in the broad jump, in which she set a […]