States that no person on the basis of sex should be excluded from participation or denied in any educational programs. This is significant to women because this generally requires men to be offered more opportunities but women can also be offered the same opportunities of playing the same sports.
Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade
A decision of the constitution that the United States protects women who are pregnant who choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. This is significant to women because this ruling allowed them to have access to abortion legally.
Pregnancy Discrimination Act
The act covers discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. This is significant to women because as it gave them aid if they were going into pregnancy.
Ratification Deadline of the ERA
A proposed amendment to the Constitution to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. This is to end legal distinction between men and women in matters of divorce, property, and employment.
Sandra Day O'Connor services on the Supreme Court
Selected to serve on the state's court of appeals, struggled to find employment in the legal field due to heavy bias against women as attorneys. This is significant to women as it was a step up for women to get into the government.
Sally Ride on the Space Shuttle Challenger
Sally Kristen Ride was an American astronaut and physicist. She joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. This is significant to women because this shows that women can be able to play both roles in any position.
Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson
Recognized sexual harassment as a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The court, for the first time, made sexual harassment an illegal form of discrimination.
Anita Hill & Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation
Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas became public after the nomination had been reported out from the committee. Up to that time, there had been no public suggestion of inappropriate behavior or misconduct in Thomas's past.
Violence Against Women Act
The Act provided $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted.
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.