In England the Married Woman's Property Act of 1882 greatly extended the rights of married woman. In the United States there are statutes in nearly if not quite all the States extending or changing the rules of the common law. Except in so far as those rules are changed by statute, they still exist,18 but the statutes in most States are so far reaching that little is left of the old rules. The legislation in the different States, however, varies widely. Some States broadly provide that married women have the same rights and powers as if sole, other States do not allow a married woman to make certain kinds of contracts, such as contracts of suretyship or contracts with her husband. It may be assumed in most jurisdictions that a married woman now has the power to enter into ordinary contracts and dealings with personal property. A more detailed statement of American Statutes is contained in the following section.
14 Hayne, Outlines of Equity, Lecture VII; Fettiplace v. Gorges, 1 Ves. Jr. 40.
15 Murray v. Bailee, 3 Myl. & K. 209.
16Re Currey, 32 Ch. D. 361.
17Cooper v. Macdonald, 7 Ch. D. 288.
18Bank v. Partes, 99 U. S. 325, 25 L. Ed. 390; Parker v. Lambert, 31 Ala. 89; Flesh v. Lindsay, 115 Mo. 1, 37 Am. St. Rep. 374.