prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Also opened up significant opportunities for women
Supreme court case: Roe VS Wade
The U.S Supreme Court struck down a Texas statue beginning abortion, effectively legalizing the procedure across the united states.
Pregnancy Discrimination Act
Covers discrimination on the basis of pregnancy childbirth or related medical conditions. Employers with fewer than 15 employees are exempted from the act
Ratification Deadline of the ERA
The ERA was placed before the state legislatures, with a seven year deadline to acquire ratification by three fourths of the state legislatures. A majority of states ratified the proposed constitutional amendment within a year
Sandra Day O´Conner serves on the Supreme Court
In 1979, O'Connor was selected to serve on the state's court of appeals. Only two years later, President Ronald Reagan nominated her for associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sally Ride on the Space Shuttle Challenger
Sally Ride became the first American woman to go into space when she flew on the space shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983. She made two shuttle flights, and later became a champion for science education and a role model for generations. Ride died of cancer in 2012.
Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson
Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, 477 U.S. 57, is a US labor law case, where the United States Supreme Court, in a 9-0 decision, recognized sexual harassment as a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Anita Hill & Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court confirmation
Twenty-five years ago this October, University of Oklahoma law Professor Anita Hill changed Supreme Court confirmation hearings forever. Twenty million households tuned in to see her testify that her former boss, nominee Clarence Thomas, sexually harassed her. ... Thomas called it a high-tech lynching.
Violence Against Women Act
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U.S. federal legislation that expanded the juridical tools to combat violence against women and provide protection to women who had suffered violent abuses. It was initially signed into law in September 1994 by U.S. Pres. Bill Clinton.
Madeleine Albright is sworn in as Secretary of State
When Albright took office as the 64th U.S. Secretary of State on January 23, 1997, she became the first female U.S. Secretary of State and the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government at the time of her appointment.