Every March, our country celebrates the accomplishments of women throughout American history. Although many of these amazing accomplishments date back hundreds of years, most schools didn’t begin focusing on women pioneers and their achievements until recently. Today, feminism and women’s rights are very strong issues that are constantly being spoken about and taught to our children. Below we have compiled a list of women’s history milestones dating back to the 1800’s:
1869 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony organized the National Woman Suffrage Association to fight for women’s rights, especially the right to vote.
1920 After 72 years of struggle, women are finally granted the right to vote thanks to the 19th Amendment! Shortly afterwards, the League of Women Voters was formed to push for more reforms
1942 Over 350,000 women were able to serve in the armed forces during WWII.
1968 Shirley Chrisholm became the first African American woman to be elected into Congress. 4 years later, she became the first black person to run for President in the Democratic primaries.
1972 Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment, after 49 years of being introduced!
1981 Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. At that time, only a mere 6% of all federal judges were women!
1983 Sally Ride became the first American female astronaut spending 6 days in space. Today, about 25% of NASA’s astronauts are women.
2005 Hillary Clinton became the first lady to be elected into public office. She joined Congress as a U.S. Senator from New York.
2009 President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor as the 111th U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Sotomayor became the first Hispanic American and the third woman to serve on the nation’s top court!
2012 Taylor Swift became the first female artist in musical history to have 2 opening weeks with more than 1 million album sales
2013 The Equal Pay Act celebrated its 50th anniversary! Thanks to President Kennedy, this law helped to combat wage discrimination based on gender.