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Women's Advocacy

During the period 1920 to 1970, women's organizations fought for a variety of social reforms. One of the most important advocacy groups of the period was the Consumers League of New Jersey, which was organized in 1900 by Juliet Cushing of East Orange. Its founders believed that consumers should be aware of the conditions under which the goods they bought were produced, leading them to crusade against unfair industrial practices and the exploitation of women and children. The Consumers League of New Jersey was a small organization of middle-class women, whose members felt that they had a responsibility to represent the interests of their working-class sisters. Although men were also active in the Consumers League, women played a dominant role. The New Jersey divisions of the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the State Federation of Women's Clubs and other organizations shared many of the legislative goals of the Consumers League.


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