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Feminism in the United States
8 Dec 2017
Betty Friedan released her book "The Feminine Mystique"
Equal Pay Act of 1963, prohibiting wage discrimination on basis of gender
The Equal Rights Act of 1964, title VII of this act prohibits discrimination in employment on basis of gender
Birth control legalized for all Americans, regardless of marital status
"Bra Burning" Miss America Protests, while no bras were actually burned, a group of nearly 400 women came and threw feminine products into a trashcan labeled "Freedom Trash Can". The name of this protest comes from a miscommunication during news coverage.
Nation Organization of Women (NOW) Founded
Ms. Magazine, female empowerment magazine, is first published
First of many demonstration in support of the ERA, these protests would continue to go on for many years following
Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), passes congress
Birth control approved by FDA
Start of the "Take back the Night" marches, targeting sexual violence
Roe v. Wade is settled, abortion is legalized in this landmark trial
Title IX of the United States Education Amendments is passed, protecting gender discrimination in education and federal benefits
National Women's Political Caucus is formed, promoting women in politics
"Ladies Home Journal" sit-in to protest the male led staff of a female magazine
Between 5,000-8,000 Suffragists march the day before Woodrow Wilson is inagurated to support women's right to vote
Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage is founded by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns
Alice Paul forms the Nation Women's Party, a political party dedicated to promoting women's suffrage
Alice Paul and fellow protesters are arrested for "obstructing justice", they begin a hunger strike
Alice Paul and her fellow protestors are beaten and assaulted in prison in what is known as the "Night of Terror"
President Woodrow Wilson endorses women's right to vote
The 19th Amendment is ratified by the states, giving women the right to vote
Equal Rights Amendment fails in getting ratified, end of the second wave
Naomi Wolfe published "The Beauty Wolf" reigniting the debate on sexism in society
Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is settled, and a landmark trial against wage discrimination on basis of sex fails in court
Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, signed into law by President Obama, overturning the Supreme Court decision less than two years ago and allowing people to more easily fight pay discrimination.
US Senate votes overwhelmingly to allow open combats positions for women in the air force
Violence Against Women Act signed into law, also establish the Office of Violence Against Women as part of the DOJ
In United States v. Virginia, the US Supreme Court rules that male-only admissions policy of state-supported Virginia Military Institute violates the Fourteenth Amendment.
CBS agrees to pay $8 million to settle a sexual discirmination dispute for over 200 women
Nancy Pelosi is elected the first female speaker of the house in US Congress
Susan B Anthony founds the New York State Temperance Society
Susan B Anthony founds the Women's Loyal National League
Susan B Anthony initiates the American Equal Rights Association
Susan B Anthony starts the newspaper "The Revolution"
Susan B Anthony founds the "National Woman's Suffrage Association"
Susan B Anthony is arrested while trying to vote
Susan B Anthony proposes the 19th Amendment to the US Congress
Susan B Anthony passes away before getting a chance to see women vote
The March for Women's Lives is held in D.C in support of abortion and sex education
3rd Wave Feminism ends, many feminists saying that we are now in what is known as "Fourth Wave Feminism"
2nd Wave Feminism - Wage Gap, Sexism, Career Options, Reproductive Rights
1st Wave Feminism - Voting Rights, Property Rights, and Legal Recognition
3rd Wave Feminism - Embracing Individualism, diversity, and finishing what the 2nd wave failed
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