Women History Timeline

  • Salem Which Trials

    Salem Which Trials
    The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The trials resulted in the executions of twenty people, fourteen of them women, and all but one by hanging.
  • Abigail Adams

    Abigail Adams
    Abigail Adams remained a supportive spouse and confidante after her husband became the president in 1797. Some critics objected to Abigail’s influence over her husband, calling her “Mrs. President.” The nation’s second first lady kept a busy schedule when she was in Philadelphia, the country’s capital at the time. Adams rose early to tend to family and household matters and spent much of the remainder of the day receiving visitors and hosting events.
  • Sacajawea

    It certainly was not the Sacajawea Expedition; she did not guide Captains Lewis and Clark all the way to the Pacific Ocean. But she did know some of the geography they passed through, and she did interpret for them when they came across Shoshone-speaking Indians.
  • Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman
    Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad
  • Sojourner Truth

    Sojourner Truth
    Sojourner Truth escaped being a slave and is best known for her extemporaneous speech on racial inequalities, "Ain't I a Woman?" delivered at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851.
  • Emily Dickinson

    Emily Dickinson
    Emily Dickinson, regarded as one of America's greatest poets, is also well known for her unusual life of self imposed social seclusion. Living a life of simplicity and seclusion, she yet wrote poetry of great power; questioning the nature of immortality and death, with at times an almost mantric quality.
  • Calamity Jane

    Calamity Jane
    Calamity Jane was a woman of the Wild West renowned for her sharp-shooting, whiskey swilling, and cross-dressing ways – but also for her kindness towards others.
  • Annie Oakley

    Annie Oakley
    Become a star attraction for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show for years, renowned for unparalleled shooting tricks.
  • Susan B. Anthony

    Susan B. Anthony
    Worked as a teacher before becoming a leading figure in the abolitionist and women's voting rights movement. She partnered with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and would eventually lead the National American Woman Suffrage.
  • Carrie Nation

    Carrie Nation
    was an American woman who was a radical member of the temperance movement, which opposed alcohol before the advent of Prohibition. She is particularly noteworthy for attacking alcohol-serving establishments (most often taverns) with a hatchet.
  • Jane Addams

    Jane Addams
    Five years later, in 1910, she became the first female president of the National Conference of Charities and Corrections (later renamed the National Conference of Social Work). She went on to establish the National Federation of Settlements the following year, holding that organization's top post for more than two decades thereafter.
  • Alice Paul

    Alice Paul
    was an American suffragist, feminist, and women's rights activist, and the main leader and strategist of the 1910s campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which prohibits sex discrimination in the right to vote.
  • 19th Amendment to the Constitution

    19th Amendment to the Constitution
    The Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. It was ratified on August 18, 1920.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Pioneer author Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the autobiographical "Little House" kids' book series, the basis of the popular television show Little House on the Prairie.
  • Marilyn Monroe

    Marilyn Monroe
    American actress and model. Famous for playing "dumb blonde" characters
  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks
    On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation.
  • Betty Friedan

    Betty Friedan
    American feminist best known for her book The Feminine Mystique (1963), which explored the causes of the frustrations of modern women in traditional roles.
  • Griswold v. Connecticut

    Griswold v. Connecticut
    The Supreme Court ruled that a state's ban on the use of contraceptives violated the right to marital privacy. The case concerned a Connecticut law that criminalized the encouragement or use of birth control
  • Billie Jean King

    Billie Jean King
    Billie Jean King is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles. King won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships.
  • Title IX

    Title IX
    The Importance of Title IX and Women's Sports. In 1972, a law was enacted to help prevent gender discrimination in the United States educational athletic system. This law, known commonly as Title IX, gives each gender equal rights to educational programs, activities, and federal financial assistance.
  • Roe v. Wade

    Roe v. Wade
    In its ruling, the court recognized for the first time that the constitutional right to privacy “is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy” Roe has come to be known as the case that legalized abortion nationwide.
  • Sandra Day O'Connor

    Sandra Day O'Connor
    Sandra Day O'Connor (1930-) was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1981 to 2006, and was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
  • Sally Ride

    Sally Ride
    In 1983, astronaut and astrophysicist Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
  • Jackie Joyner

    Jackie Joyner
    is an American retired track and field athlete, ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the heptathlon as well as long jump. She won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals, in those two events at four different Olympic Games.
  • Geraldine Ferraro

    Geraldine Ferraro
    was an American attorney, a Democratic Party politician, and a member of the United States House of Representatives. She was the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major American political party.
  • Oprah Winfrey

    Oprah Winfrey
    She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. ... Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood.
  • Family Medical Leave Act

    Family Medical Leave Act
    FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers and promote equal employment opportunity for men and women.
  • Janet Reno

    Janet Reno
    Janet Reno broke new ground in 1993 as the first woman to serve as U.S. Attorney General, serving under President Bill Clinton
  • Condoleezza Rice

    Condoleezza Rice
    In 2001, Rice was appointed national security adviser by President George W. Bush, becoming the first black woman (and second woman) to hold the post, and went on to become the first black woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State. (She was the nation's 66th Secretary of State, serving from January 2005 to 2009.)
  • Serena Williams

    Serena Williams
    an American professional tennis player. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No.1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the world No.1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and achieved this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013
  • Sarah Palin

    Sarah Palin
    She became the youngest and first female governor of Alaska. John McCain picked her as his running mate in 2008.
  • Miley Cyrus

    Miley Cyrus
    She is most famous for her role as the lead in Disney Channels' TV show Hannah Montana. She also became a singer changing the thought of many young girls/women.
  • Sonia Sotomayor

    Sonia Sotomayor
    Sonia Sotomayor is known for being the first Hispanic justice nominee on the United States Supreme Court. She is recognized as a somewhat controversial and outspoken candidate whose words are sometimes misinterpreted yet she is distinguished for her many years of judicial service
  • Ellen DeGeneres

    Ellen DeGeneres
    Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. .... DeGeneres is known for her dancing and singing with the audience at the beginning of the show and during commercial breaks
  • Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton
    Hillary Rodham Clinton summary: 67th United States Secretary of State, United States Senator, First Lady of the United States and First Lady of Arkansas. She is well-known across the globe as an American politician. Hillary Rodham Clinton was the Secretary of State for the US from 2009-2013. Ran for president of the US in 2016.