The first women’s rights movement was in 1848, at a convention in Seneca Falls, New York. The Declaration of Sentiments was signed to plan the civil rights for women.
In 1869, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman’s Suffrage Association. Lucy Stone and others formed the American Woman Suffrage Association (gaining voting rights). Territory of Wyoming passed suffrage law, allowing women to serve on the jury.
The National and American Woman Suffrage Associations combined in 1890 to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) focusing on voting rights for women.
In 1893, Colorado became the first state to grant women the right to vote, followed by others.
The National Association of Colored Women is formed in 1896. Prominent figures include: Mary Church Terrell and Anna Julia Cooper.
In 1913, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns created the Congressional Union (later renamed the National Women’s Party) to give women the vote.
In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the very first American birth control clinic in New York. (arrested, later opened again in 1923.)
The federal woman suffrage amendment is passed in 1919.
The Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor is formed in 1920 to investigate women’s work conditions.
On August 26th, 1920, the 19th amendment to the constitution is signed into law, granting a woman’s right to vote.
Mary McLeod Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women in 1935. (helps to fight job discrimination, sexism, and racism.)
In 1936, the fight against contraception waged on with lawsuits. However, the federal government modified the law that prohibited the distribution of birth control information.
The first Lesbian organization (DOB), is founded in 1955.
The Food and Drug Administration approves birth control pills in 1960.
On June 10, 1963, Congress passed the Equal Pay Act.
NOW is founded in 1966 by a group of feminists. NOW is the largest women’s rights group in the U.S., fighting mainly for the ending of sexual discrimination.
The EEOC makes it illegal to put sex-segregated newspaper ads in 1968, allowing more women to go for higher paying jobs.
The Equal Rights Amendment is passed in 1972, only to not be ratified by the states.
On June 23, 1972, the Title IX of the Education Amendments, banned sex discrimination in school.
In 1973, the Supreme Court rules that a woman has the right to safe and legal abortion.
In 1974, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act the prohibits discrimination in consumer credit.
In Nebraska 1976, the first law is put in place that it is illegal for a husband to rape his wife.
In 1978, The Pregnancy Discrimination Act bans employers to discriminate against pregnant employees.
The Supreme Court ruled in 1986, that sexual harassment was a form of discrimination in the workplace.
The Violence Against Women Act of 1994, tightens the penalty charges against sex offenders.
In 1996, the Supreme Court finds that the Virginia Military School must integrate women into the program.
In 1999, the Supreme Court ruled that a woman could sue for sex discrimination.