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"Hardship upon Women": Anglicization and Property Law

Protection of women's dower rights in real estate at the county courts demonstrates one way that Virginia women's property rights became "anglicized." These changes in form affected married women's rights over property and increased the veto power married women wielded over family property in the courts. The surviving records of the county courts of tidewater Virginia reveal that these courts consistently documented their protection of married women's dower rights at the end of the seventeenth century.