Women's Rights

  • Women's Equality Day

    Women's Equality Day
    Women's Equality Day on August 26 is federal recognition of the day in 1920 when the 19th Amendment became law and women were granted the right to vote.
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    Women's Rights

  • Margaret Sanger

    Margaret Sanger
    In 1921, Sanger founded the American Birth Control League, which later became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In New York City, she organized the first birth control clinic staffed by all-female doctors, as well as a clinic in Harlem with an entirely African-American staff.
  • Mary McLeod Bethune

    Mary McLeod Bethune
    Mary McLeod Bethune organizes the National Council of Negro Women, a coalition of black women's groups that lobbies against job discrimination, racism, and sexism.
  • Birth Control

    The federal law prohibiting the dissemination of contraceptive information through the mail is modified and birth control information is no longer classified as obscene. Throughout the 1940s and 50s, birth control advocates are engaged in numerous legal suits.
  • Louisa May Alcott

    Louisa May Alcott
    Author of "Little Women" and "Little Men," Alcott also as a civil war nurse and was an activist
  • The Second Sex

    The Second Sex
    A book by the French existentialist Simone de Beauvoir. One of her best-known books, it deals with the treatment of women throughout history and is often regarded as a major work of feminist philosophy and the starting point of second-wave feminism. Beauvoir researched and wrote the book in about 14 months when she was 38 years old.
  • Daughters of Bilitis (DOB),

    Daughters of Bilitis (DOB),
    The Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), the first lesbian organization in the United States, is founded. Although DOB originated as a social group, it later developed into a political organization to win basic acceptance for lesbians in the United States.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt

    Eleanor Roosevelt
    President John Kennedy establishes the President's Commission on the Status of Women and appoints Eleanor Roosevelt as chairwoman. The report issued by the Commission in 1963 documents substantial discrimination against women in the workplace and makes specific recommendations for improvement, including fair hiring practices, paid maternity leave, and affordable child care.
  • The Civil Rights Act

    The Civil Rights Act
    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is generally perceived as having granted women more freedom in the workplace and a right to expect equal treatment.
  • Shirley Chisholm

    Shirley Chisholm
    A Democrat, she was the first black woman elected to Congress (1968). Also the first black woman to run for president in a major party (1972).
  • Women Journalists

    Women Journalists
    A short time before 1972, the National Press Club luncheon agreed to women journalists
  • Roe v. Wade

     Roe v. Wade
    As a result of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court establishes a woman's right to safe and legal abortion, overriding the anti-abortion laws of many states.
  • Equal Rights

    Equal Rights
    between 1971 and 1978, fifteen states adopted equal rights amendments to their own constitutions, providing a legal basis for equal treatment to women in those jurisdictions.
  • Betty Friedan

    Betty Friedan
    American social activist and leading feminist figure of the 1960s; she wrote the best-selling book “The Feminine Mystique” Friedan campaigned for an extension of female rights and an end to sexual discrimination.
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act

    The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
    The Pregnancy Discrimination Act bans employment discrimination against pregnant women. Under the Act, a woman cannot be fired or denied a job or a promotion because she is or may become pregnant, nor can she be forced to take a pregnancy leave if she is willing and able to work.
  • EMILY'S List

    EMILY'S List
    EMILY's List (Early Money Is Like Yeast) is established as a financial network for pro-choice Democratic women running for national political office. The organization makes a significant impact on the increasing numbers of women elected to Congress.
  • Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton
    Government Official, U.S. First Lady, Women's.After winning the national election, Obama appointed Clinton secretary of state. She was sworn in as part of his cabinet in January 2009 and served until 2013. In the spring of 2015, she announced her plans to again run for the U.S. presidency.
  • Meritor Savings Bank

    Meritor Savings Bank
    Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, the Supreme Court finds that sexual harassment is a form of illegal job discrimination.
  • The Beauty Myth

    The Beauty Myth
    A nonfiction book published in 1991, The Beauty Myth was an instant best-seller and won the praise of many feminists. Of the book, Gloria Steinem wrote, "The Beauty Myth is a smart, angry, insightful book, and a clarion call to freedom. Every woman should read it." In the book, Wolf made a case for a reevaluation of society's current standards of beauty. She explained how women were constantly under scrutiny in these five areas: hunger, religion, sex, violence, and work.
  • Planned Parenthood

    Planned Parenthood
    In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Supreme Court reaffirms the validity of a woman's right to abortion under Roe v. Wade. successfully challenges Pennsylvania's 1989 Abortion Control Act, which sought to reinstate restrictions previously ruled unconstitutional.
  • Violence Against Women

    Violence Against Women
    The Violence Against Women Act tightens federal penalties for sex offenders, funds services for victims of rape and domestic violence, and provides for special training of police officers.
  • Female Military School

    Female Military School
    In United States v. Virginia, the Supreme Court rules that the all-male Virginia Military School has to admit women in order to continue to receive public funding. It holds that creating a separate, all-female school will not suffice.
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
    Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership.
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