Women's Rights

  • Convention

    The first women's rights convention is held in Seneca Falls, New York.
  • First National Convention

    The first National Women's Rights Convention takes place in Worcester, Mass. More than 1,000 participants attended.
  • Suffrage Association

    goal of the organization is to achieve voting rights for women by means of a Congressional amendment to the Constitution.
  • Suffrage Association

    The territory of Wyoming passes the first women's suffrage law. Women begin serving on juries in the territory.
  • National Association of Colored women

    The National Association of Colored Women is formed, bringing together more than 100 black women's clubs.
  • National Women's Trade Union

    The National Women's Trade Union League is formed to advocate for improved wages and working conditions for women.
  • Birth control clinic

    Margaret Sanger opens the first U.S. birth-control clinic in Brooklyn, N.Y but the clinic is shut down 10 days later. However she eventually wins support through the courts and opens another clinic in New York City in 1923.
  • 19th amendment

    The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote, is signed into law.
  • American Birth Control League

    Margaret Sanger founds the American Birth Control League, which evolves into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942.
  • approves birth control pill

    The Food and Drug Administration approves birth control pills.