Women's Civil Rights Timeline

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Women's Rights 1865-
The beginning: Women had no political rights
Women essentially treated like second class citizens
1862: Homestead Act
1869: National Women Suffrage Association established by Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth
Cady Stanton
1870: 15th Amendment
1873: Comstock Laws
1874: Women's Christian Temperance Movement established
1890: The National Women Suffrage Association and the American Women Suffrage
Association merge to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA)
1893: Colorado give women the vote, followed by Washington State in 1910, California in
1911: Oregon, Kansas, and Arizona in 1912, Alaska and Illinois in
1913, Montana and Nevada in 1914, New York in 1917; Michigan, South
Dakota, and Oklahoma in 1918.
1896: The National Association of Coloured Women is established
1900: 17% of the workforce is female
1900: Large rise in the divorce rate since 1880
1900: Half of all high school graduates are female.
1903: The National Women's Trade Union League is established
1913: Alice Paul forms the Congressional Union
1916: Margaret Sanger opens the first birth control clinic in New York, but it is quickly shut
1917: More employment opportunities for women due to WW1
1917: Jeanette Rankin becomes the first woman elected to the House of Representatives
1920: 19th Amendment
1921: American Birth Control League founded by Sanger- becomes Planned Parenthood in 1942
1921: Sheppard-Towner Act
1929: The Great Depression- 82% oppose women working; 26 states attempt to pass laws
prohibiting women from working
1935: Social Security Act
1935: Aid to Dependent Children
1936: Birth control information is no longer classed as being "obscene"
1938: Fair Labour Standards Act
1941: More employment opportunities for women due to WW2
1941: Some women join the armed forces
1945: Women fired from their jobs to make way for returning soldiers
1950s: Media reinforces gender roles
1960: Twice as many women working than in 1940
1963: Equal Pay Act
1963: Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique
1964: Civil Rights Act
1965: Supreme Court decision means that married couples can use contraception
1966: NOW founded
1969: National Association for the Repeal of the Abortion Laws formed
1970: Women make up 42.8% of workforce
1970: 21% of women in higher education want a career
1972: Nixon veto's the Child Development Act
1972: Equal Employment Opportunity Act

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Women's Rights 1865-
1972: Supreme Court decision means that unmarried couples can use contraception
1972: Congress passes ERA
1972: Phyllis Schlafly begins her stop ERA campaign
1973: Roe v Wade
1976: Hyde Amendment
1980: 40% women in higher education want a career
1982: ERA fails to be ratified before deadline
1989: 73.…read more


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