THE FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS

Events

States take away womens rights

1777

All states pass laws which take away women's right to vote.

First woman with a patent

1809

Mary Kies becomes the first woman to receive a patent, for a method of weaving straw with silk.

Mississippi grants women property

1839

The first state (Mississippi) grants women the right to hold property in their own names – with permission from their husbands.

Seneca Falls Convention

July 19, 1848 - July 20, 1848

At Seneca Falls, New York, 300 women and men sign the Declaration of Sentiments, a plea for the end of discrimination against women.

Wyoming gives women the right to vote

1869

The first state (Wyoming) grants women the right to vote in all elections.

Susan B. Anthony cast her vote

1872

Susan B. Anthony casts her first vote to test whether the 14th Amendment would be interpreted broadly to guarantee women the right to vote. She is convicted of "unlawful voting."

Margaret Sanger made Planned Parenthood

1918

Margaret Sanger, two years after opening a birth control clinic in Brooklyn, wins her suit in New York to allow doctors to advise their married patients about birth control for health purposes. The clinic, along with others, becomes Planned Parenthood in 1942.

Nineteenth Amendment

1920

The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, ensuring the right of women to vote.

Equal Rights Amendment

1923

The first version of an Equal Rights Amendment is introduced. It says, "Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction."

Equal Pay Act

1963

The Equal Pay Act is passed by Congress, promising equitable wages for the same work, regardless of the race, color, religion, national origin or sex of the worker.

Fight for the rights