The major passing of married women’s property acts in the United States happened from the first stirrings of the Civil War in 1860, but the real changes occurred toward the end of the Civil War in 1865. The married women’s property acts were laws in which married women could sell and own property, make changes to property, control earnings, sue, and make wills, and also made divorce and remarriage easier. In 1860, fourteen states had passed these laws; by 1865, twenty-nine states had passed these laws. This event was important because it helped further the cause of equality for women, while also providing security to women whose husbands died in the war. It also may have helped shape the Union victory in the war because women could manage their husbands’ property and funds while they were away fighting, leaving more men available to fight. One fun fact is that three states (Delaware, South Carolina, and Virginia) did not give women all of these rights until late in the nineteenth century.