Women and the 20th Century

Main

WW1

1914 - 1918

First Wave of Feminism

1920 - 1929

WW2

1939 - 1945

Second Wave of Feminism

1960 - 1979

Events

Women’s Social and Political Union - Suffragettes

1903

Women's Royal Naval Service

1917

Women over 30 (with property) get the vote

1918

Sex Disqualification Removal Act

1919

First Birth Control Clinic

1921

All Women Over 21 Have the Vote

1928

Contraceptive Pill Available

1961

First Woman in Space

1963

Betty Friedan's 'The Feminine Mystique'

1963

National Organisation for Women

1966

Women Had To Be Paid the Same Wage As Men

1970

Women Admited to Stock Exchange

1973

Illegal To Terminate Employment on the basis of Pregnancy

1975

Fashion

Long Dresses

1900 - 1909

Hobble Skirts

1910 - 1914

Clothing Became Practical for WW1

1914 - 1920

Knee Length Skirts

1920 - 1927

Dresses Became Conservative

1930 - 1939

Skirts Were Shorter to Save Material - WW2

1939 - 1945

Bikini was Invented

1946

Clothing Full and Feminine

1950 - 1964

Invention of The Mini Skirt

1965

Clothes Become More Informal

1965 - 1990