1922 September 22

Cable Act Grants Women Citizenship Independent of Husband’s Status


The Cable Act, officially the Married Women’s Independent Nationality Act, made a woman’s citizenship independent of her husband’s citizenship. Previously, a 1907 law required that an American woman who married a foreign national was forced to assume her husband’s nationality and lose her U.S. citizenship.

After years of lobbying by Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party, Congress on May 24, 1935 passed the Dickstein-Copeland bill (which Alice Paul had drafted), which expanded the coverage of the Cable Act to ensure equality in the treatment of all nationalities. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Equal Nationality Treaty on May 25th.

Learn more about the Cable Act:  http://www.ndhs.org/s/1012/images/editor_documents/library/issues_and_controversies_in_american_history_-_cable_act__1922_.pdf

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