Women's Rights Timeline

By ehoov
  • Lydia Chapin

    The first woman allowed to vote in three New England town meetings. Her husband had passed before an important vote on the towns financial support of the French and Indian war. Her son oldest son had passed away also and her other son was a minor thus, they allowed her to vote.
  • Mary Wollstone

    Known as the first great feminist treatise, one of the which argues that women should be given an education. It goes on to say that women have more purpose in life than being a wife.
  • Sojourner

    Sojourner Truth was born a slave in New Yourk state,. gave an unforgettable antislavery speech at the women's convention in ohio. She became known as "Aint I a woman" .. ANd later her speech would be published by Frances dana Barker Gage.
  • Susan B. Anthony and the 19th century suffrage movement

    Susan B Anthony helped found the American Equal Rights Association. In 1872, she tried to claim the consitution permitted women to vote but was overruled.
  • First woman nominated for President

    Victoria Woodhull was an activist for women’s rights and labor reforms. She was the first woman to run for president, paving the way for future hopeful female politicians. Woodhull was a trailblazer for women of her time. She actively supported “free love”, a woman’s right to marry, divorce, and bear children without government interference. She was also the first woman to own her own newspaper, Woodhul & Claflin’s Weekly.
  • Territory of Wyoming

    The Wyoming State Convention approves a constitution that includes a provision that grants women the right to vote, making wyoming the first state in the history of the antion to allow female citizens to vote.
  • National Association of Colored Women

    Established in 1896 with the intention “to furnish evidence of the moral, mental and material progress made by people of color through the efforts of our women”. They were partisans of women’s suffrage. They opposed lynching and Jim crow laws and led efforts to improve education and care for children and the elderly.
  • Equal Pay Act

    Requires employers to pay men and women equally for doing the same work. It was the first federal effort made to condemn discrimination by private employers on the basis of gender
  • Griswold vs. Connecticut

    In 1879 law stated that "any person who uses any drug, medicinal article or instrument for the purposes of preventing conception shall be fined not less than forty dollars or imprisoned not less than sixty days." Estelle Griswold, the executive director of Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, and Dr. C Lee Buxton, doctor and professor at Yale Medical School, were found guilty of providing illegal contraception. Griswold appealed to the Supreme Court on the basis that the law impeded upon
  • Griswold vs. Connecticut (part 2)

    ones rights. The Supreme Court ruled the law violated the “right to marital privacy” and could not be enforced against married couples. Later the Court ruled the state could not ban the use of contraceptives by anyone, and that the state could not ban most abortions.
  • The still elusive Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

    Equal Rights Amendment was passed in 1972. It was written by suffragist leader and founder of the National woman's party by Alice Paul. It guaranteed equal rights for women.
  • Roe vs. Wade

    Supreme Court legalized abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy. It established the right to abortion but gave states the power to protect the potential life of the unborn during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Before, abortion was legal if it were a health risk for the potential mother.
  • Women in the military

    Women have been apart of war efforts since the Revolutionary War. Whether caring for soldiers as nurses or picking up arms when needed, women have been more than capable of being apart of the action. Previously there had been restrictions for women to serve in hand to hand combat but these restrictions are no longer in place. In this day in age women can serve in almost every role the armed forces has to offer.