Primary Leaders in the Women's Movement

  • Susan B. Anthony

    She had compained for married women's property rights to be expanded. Joined American Anti-Slavery Society and gave numerous lectures. Anthony was an activist and it was very important to her that women get rights. She wouldn't support anything unless it went to both women and men.
  • Alice Paul

    Alice Paul proposed to the Constitution an Equal Rights Amendment; however, it has never been ratified. Prior to that, she was a part of a seven-month picket in front of the White House. Where she, along with other activists, was placed in solitary confinement. Paul's Congressional Union had tried many different kinds of protests. The Suffrage Parade had been attempted, but it had not worked.
  • Miram A. Ferguson

    She made an impact in Texas. Her husband had been the former governor. She thought women should have just as many rights. She was one of the first women to become governor.
  • Hattie Caraway

    She was the first woman to ever be elected into the United States Senate. She was from Arkansas. She had been the first to chair a senate comittee. Hattie Caraway had served in this position for fifteen consecutive years.
  • Mary McLeod Bethune

    In 1935, she organized National Council of Negro Women. An association of black women's groups that goes against job discrimination and racism. She taught in mission schools. Founder of the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls. She served as president of this institute from 1904-1922 and then 1946-1947. She directed the Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration.
  • Betty Naomi Friedan

    Published a book called "The Feminine Mystique." It told everyone about how unsatisfied middle-class American housewives were. The book became a best seller. She served as president until 1970 of the organization she help found called National Organization for Women. She argued that men should get involved with this movement when child care and flexible work schedules was brought up. She critized the poor treatment that was given to the elderly and came up with new ideas.
  • Gloria Steinem

    Spoke through articles, lectures, and television appearances about women's rights. She was a part of National Women's Political Caucus. She was one of the founders of the Women's Auction Alliance and the Coalition of Labor Union Women. She became an editor and wrote many different books. One of them being a feminist magazine called "Ms."
  • Sandra Day O'Connor

    Had noticed that they were short a position on the Supreme Court. It was only men who had ever served on the Supreme Court. She decided to try for the position. The opprotunity came to her and she was sworn into the Supreme Court by President Regan.
  • Geraldine Ferraro

    Geraldine Ferraro was from New York. She was New York's pick as who to have run for a national election. A major party chose her to run for vice-president. She was the first Vice-Presidential candidate. She served as a member of the United States House of Representatives.
  • Sharon Pratt Dixon

    She was elected in 1990 as the mayor of Washington, D.C. During this time was when they really started to elect women into high office positions such as these. After she was elected, more women were elected into office. She started a new "trend" for women to be elected into higher office positions.