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9 Major Moments in The Fight for Women’s Rights

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Women’s Equality Day might have been August 26 but for women, everyday is a fight towards equality.  rights. Here we look back at several moments that defined the fight for women’s rights!

First Conventions for Women’s Rights

On July 20, 1848, 300 people (about 40 of them men) congregated at the First Women’s Rights Convention/Seneca Falls Convention. Shortly after, on August 2, 1848, was the Rochester Women’s Rights Convention. About 1,000 people were in attendance for the The National Women’s  Rights Conference, which took place in Worcester, Massachusetts on October 23-24, 1850.

19th Amendment Passed

It wasn’t until August 26, 1920 that women in all (then) 48 states were given the right to vote. It was that date that the 19th amendment went into effect. Congress passed it on July 4, 1919, and it was ratified on August 18, 1920.

Equal Pay Act Passed

The Equal Pay Act was passed 55 years ago in 1963. Unfortunately, as of this year, women earn 80.5cents for every dollar a man makes.

The Feminine Mystique was published

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When Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique came out in 1963, it sparked a revolution. It is credited with sparking the Women’s Liberation Movement.

Civil Rights Act Outlaws Sex Discrimination

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a major moment in the fight for equality. It made discrimination and segregation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin illegal in the workplace, schools, public places, and federally assisted programs.

Griswold v Connecticut and Eisenstadt v Baird

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These two cases allowed women to have access to and use birth control, without meddling from the government. Griswold v Connecticut (1965) legalized contraception for married couples in the state. Eisenstadt v Baird (1972) made contraception legal for unmarried couples.

Roe v Wade

In 1973, Roe v Wade made abortion legal. It was a landmark decision, that is currently in threat of being overturned.

Women’s March 2017 and 2018

In 2017 and ’18, millions of people took to the streets around the world to protest Donald Trump, his administration, and it’s policies. It was a moment that focused, in part, on women’s equality and women’s rights.

#Times Up and #MeToo Movements

The #MeToo and #TimesUp Movements have provided a united, strong voice in the fight against sexual harassment and assault. Many celebrities, and non-celebs alike, have shared their stories, offered support, and in the process, made it more comfortable for others to come forward, without judgement or shame.

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