Timeline of Women's Rights/Progress in the United States

Events

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

1777

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

1839

Victoria Claflin Woodhull becomes the first female presidential candidate in the United States, nominated by the National Radical Reformers.

1872

Wyoming is the first state to grants women the right to vote in all elections

1890

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

1920

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.

1963

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act passes, prohibiting gender discrimination in employment

1964

Sandra Day O'Connor becomes first woman to serve on the Supreme Court

1981

Dr. Sally K. Ride becomes the first American woman to be sent into space.

1983

Hillary Rodham Clinton secures the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first U.S. woman to lead the ticket of a major party.

2016