Women’s History Month
ClassBrain has compiled a list of pivotal moments in the
women’s rights movement through the years from a number of sources.
Together it forms over 150 years of work towards equality and recognition for
1848 - Over 300 men
and women held the first Women's Rights Convention. At this time, 68 women and 32 men
signed The Declaration of
set of 12 resolutions called for equal treatment of men and women, and for
women to have the right to vote.
1869 – MAY:
The National Women Suffrage Association (NWSA) is formed to achieve
voting rights for women by means of Congressional amendment to the
Constitution. NOVEMBER: The American
Women Suffrage Association (AWSA) is
established with a goal of gaining voting rights for women through amendments
to individual state constitutions.
1890 - The NWSA and
the AWSA merge to form the National
American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA).
1893 - Colorado is
the very first state to adapt the amendment giving women the right to vote.
1903 - The National
Women’s Trade Union League (WTUL) is formed with the goal
of advocating for improved wages and working conditions for women.
1919 - The Federal Women’s Suffrage
Amendment (originally introduced to Congress in 1878) is passed
by the House of Representatives and the Senate, and sent to the states for
1920 - AUGUST 26th:
19th Amendment to the Constitution is passed giving women the
right to vote.
1929 - The 99’s Organization is formed by 99
licensed women pilots with a goal of mutual support and advancement for women
1960 - The Food and Drug Administration approves
the use and distribution of birth control pills.
1963 - June 10th,
Congress passes the Equal Pay
Act making it illegal for employers to pay a woman less than a
man for doing the same job.
1966 - The
organization NOW (National
Organization for Women) is formed.
With over 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters, their goal is
to bring about equality for all women and end sexual discrimination, especially
in the workplace.
1969 - The National Women’s Hall of Fame is
created in Seneca Falls, New York.
1973 - Roe v Wade. The Supreme Court
established a woman's right to a safe and legal abortion.
1978 - The Pregnancy
Discrimination Act is formed banning employment discrimination
against pregnant women.
1981 - Congress
passes a resolution making Women’s History Week a National
1987 - Women’s
History Week is expanded to the full month of March.
1994 - The Violence Against Women
Act tightens federal penalties for sex offenders, funds services
for victims of rape and domestic violence, and provides for special training of