Famous For/Known For:
Women’s rights activist
A Little About Ernestine Louis Rose:
Born Ernestine Potowski to a father who was the town rabbi and a mother who came from a wealthy family.
At the age of 14, Ernestine deserted the Jewish religion due to women being characterized as inferior.
Without discussion Ernestine’s father arranged for her to be married and signed over her inheritance as the dowry to the intended husband. Ernestine did not approve and took the matter to court where she won back her money.
In 1831 Ernestine moved to England where she became involved with a group of people advocating for equal rights. She took on an active role with this cause and helped co-found the Association of All Classes of All Nations.
In 1836 Ernestine married William Rose. The two decided to move to the United States.
During the 1840’s Ernestine fought to reverse the law that deprived married women of the right to control property they owned before marriage. Her hard work paid off and the Married Women’s Property Act of 1848 was passed into law.
In 1854 she once again helped in achieving another law that would allow women equal guardianship of their children.
In 1869 Ernestine, along with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, founded the National Woman Suffrage Association.
In 1998 the Ernestine Rose Society was founded.
Ernestine Rose died at the age of 82.
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