becoming president of the Trenton Trust Company in 1937, Mary
Roebling became the first woman to head a major
commercial bank. By 1951, she had quadrupled the banks
assets to more than $71 million. Roebling was also the
first female governor of the American Stock Exchange.
Lee was the first female preacher in the African
Methodist Episcopal Church. In her 1836 autobiography The
Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee, Lee
writes about her experiences as a preacher in several
southern New Jersey communities. Lee, who was born in
Cape May to free African-American parents in 1783, was
a member of the American Antislavery Society.
Coleman White developed the nation's first cultivated
blueberry. As a girl growing up on her father's cranberry
farm in the Pine Barrens, she developed an interest
in agriculture. Using the resources of her family farm
in Whitesbog, White began working with blueberries with
Frederick Coville in 1911. By 1916, they had developed
a commercial blueberry from wild varieties.
more information on New Jersey Women’s History, please
visit the Women’s
Project of New Jersey.