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Movement for Women's Rights and Women's History

  • Sarah and Angelina Grimke wrote Letters on the Condition of Women and the Equality of the Sexes

    Sarah and Angelina Grimke wrote Letters on the Condition of Women and the Equality of the Sexes
    Their ideas essentially started the big fight for women's rights.
  • Margaret Fuller publishes Woman in the Nineteenth Century

    Margaret Fuller publishes Woman in the Nineteenth Century
    This is a classic feminist book. It suggests that men and women should not have separate spheres, and that women should pursue intellectual fulfillment without the fear of being called masculine.
  • Seneca Falls Convention

    Seneca Falls Convention
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized this meeting to discuss women's rights in Seneca Falls, New York. It produced a Declaration of Sentiments which demanded that men and women be treated equally.
  • The United States Sanitary Commission

    The United States Sanitary Commission
    This was founded to support the Union in medically aiding its soldiers during the Civil War. It heavily relied on female nurses. Some of these women even participated on the battlefront.
  • Woman's National League founded

    Woman's National League founded
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton an Susan B. Anthony created this to advocate for abolishing slavery and women's rights. This group identified the link between women's rights and African American Civil Rights.
  • American Woman Suffrage Association created

    American Woman Suffrage Association created
    This women's suffrage group is based in Boston. It endored Julia Ward Howe and Lucy Stone. Its rival women's suffrage group was the National Woman Suffrage Association
  • National Woman Suffrage Association

    National Woman Suffrage Association
    This radical woman's suffrage group is based in New York. It was led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. They promoted a federal woman suffrage amendment.
  • National Women's Sufferage Association formed in NYC

    National Women's Sufferage Association formed in NYC
    NWSA led by Susan B. Anthony and Elizebeth Cady Stanton. The group only supported the passing of the 15th amendment if it included a woman's right to vote.
  • American Women's Sufferage Association formed

    American Women's Sufferage Association formed
    AWSA formed by Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell. Fought for the same things as NWSA (no 15th amendment unless women were included)
  • Wyoming and Utah grant women the right to vote

    Wyoming and Utah grant women the right to vote
    These territories were among the first to enfranchise women. No other states or territiories gave women the right to vote at this time.
  • Women's Christian Temperance Union founded

    Women's Christian Temperance Union founded
    12/13/1873 the WCTU was formed in Ohio. In 1874 it's first national convention was held. Backed by both men and women. Linked religion and social reform as the women believed it was their duty as Christian women to help purify America. Led by Frances Willard. By 1890, the WCTU had almost 150,000 members.
  • Minor v. Happersat

    Minor v. Happersat
    Minor v. Happerset was a Supreme Court case that declared that states could deny women the right to vote. This stongly discouraged women's suffragists.
  • Women accepted into the Knights of Labor

    Women accepted into the Knights of Labor
    The Knights of Labor were a very progressive and idealistic labor union. As of 1878 they accepted women and blacks.
  • Jane Addams opened the first settlement house

    Jane Addams opened the first settlement house
    Jane Addams opened the first settlement house in 1889 in Chicago. She wanted to create a social center that could provide care for immigrants. The settlement offered classes to teach immigrants skills and English to help them get jobs.
  • General Federation of Women's Clubs officially founded

    General Federation of Women's Clubs officially founded
    First began under the name Sorosis in 1868 by Jane Cunningham Croly. Changed the name to GFWC in 1890 at the national convention. Recognized by congress in 1901 and recieved a charter to expand. Focused on comunity service and growth of women intelectually and socially.
  • Muller v. Oregon

    Muller v. Oregon
    Muller v. Oregon was a Supreme Court case that upheld limited working hours for female laundry and factory workers.
  • ILGWU Strike

    ILGWU Strike
    The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU), a union formed by immigrants in NY in the needle trade, led a successful strike. Thousands of women workers stayed home and didn’t go to work for one day.
  • The Mann Act passed by President Taft

    The Mann Act passed by President Taft
    This law was an anti-prostitution law that declared that it was illegal for a man to take a woman across state lines for "illegal purposes." First presidential action taken against prostitution.
  • Alice Paul Founded the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage

    Alice Paul Founded the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage
    Alice Paul broke away from NAWSA to take more radical effort towards womans suffrage. It was later renamed the National Women's Party. Alice Paul and NWP were major influences in the passing of the 19th Amendment.
  • Theda Bara becomes first female movie star

    Theda Bara becomes first female movie star
    Theda Bara's famous line, "kiss me, my fool," in A Fool There Was (1914) secured Theda's role as the first female star of the movie industry.
  • Margaret Sanger began her efforts for birth control

    Margaret Sanger began her efforts for birth control
    Snager began her work after her mother died following the birth of her eleventh child. Sanger then founded the American Birth Control League which later becomes the Planned Parenthood Foundation that exists today.
  • Jane Addams founded women's peace party

    Jane Addams founded women's peace party
    Jane Addams founded Women’s Peace Party with Carrie Chapman Catt and other women activists.
  • 19th Amendment is passed

    19th Amendment is passed
    Finally, after all the hard work of woman suffragists, Congress passes the 19th Amendment which grants women the right to vote.
  • Women's Joint Congressional Committee (WJCC) created

    Women's Joint Congressional Committee (WJCC) created
    The WJCC was a women-led activist group who promoted child labor laws, protected women workers, and demanded maternal health care and education.
  • 1921 First woman to win Pulitzer Prize

    1921 First woman to win Pulitzer Prize
    Edith Wharton becomes the first woman ever to win a Pulitzer Prize for her novel Age of Innocence
  • 1923 First birth control clinic opens

    1923 First birth control clinic opens
    Margaret Sanger opens the first American Birth Control League clinic in NYC
  • Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart
    Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and across the country
  • Frances Perkins appointed as Secretary of the Department of Labor

    Frances Perkins appointed as Secretary of the Department of Labor
    Francis Perkins was appointed by FDR. She was the first female cabinest secretary. She had a significant role in writing New Deal Legislation.
  • 1934 First woman on US Court of Appeals

    1934 First woman on US Court of Appeals
    Florence Ellinwood Allen becomes the first woman on the US Court of Appeals
  • WAC and WAVES are established

    WAC and WAVES are established
    WAC (Women's Amry Corps) and WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) are established and congress authorizes women to join the navy.
  • Rosie the Riviter Campaign Created

    Rosie the Riviter Campaign Created
    Rosie the Riviter Campaign Created
  • All American Girls Professional Baseball League

    All American Girls Professional Baseball League
    Formed in 1943
  • Elanor Roosevelt as a UN delagate

    Elanor Roosevelt as a UN delagate
    Elanor Roosevelt appointed to the UN as a US delegate
  • End of war; women expect to leave workforce

    End of war; women expect to leave workforce
    Women who were in the workforce on behalf of the war effort were expected to leave their jobs when men came home from war
  • Baby Boomer Generation

    Baby Boomer Generation
    Women begin getting married and having children very young. This leads to a large spike in birthrates from 1946- 1964
  • The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock published

    The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock published
    This book is a manula for child care. It was very popular during the time, for it sold half a million copies within its first 6 months. However, it encouraged women to stay at home and dedicate their time to caring for children.
  • Alice Coachman wins an Olympic gold medal

    Alice Coachman wins an Olympic gold medal
    High jumper Alice Coachman becomes the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.
  • Ladies Professional Golf Tour

    Ladies Professional Golf Tour
    Ladies Professional Golf Tour created
  • women face depression

    women face depression
    Many women in the 1950s living in suburbia face depression as a result of their isolated and unforfilled lives. Many women got married and had children too young, resulting in a high divorce rate in the 1950s
  • The Feminine Mystique- Betty Friedan

    The Feminine Mystique- Betty Friedan
    The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan is published... allows many women to see that they are not happy with their lives.
  • Baby Boomer Generation Ends

    Baby Boomer Generation Ends
    The baby boomer generation ends with a decrease in birthrates
  • Equal Rights Amendment

    no bias or segregation of sexes in work places, public places, etc.
  • Roe v Wade

    Supreme Court case that allowed women to get abortions. State law defines details. defined a privacy clause of the 14th amendment.
  • Sandra Day O'Connor appointed to Supreme Court

    Sandra Day O'Connor is appointed the first female justice of the supreme court by Ronald Reagan