A Brief History
On September 21, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed by the Senate as the first ever female Justice of the Supreme Court. What other indications do we have that American women are really on an equal basis with men?
We list a few of these facts that can be considered signs of equal rights progress:
Women’s Suffrage, 1920;
The Equal Pay Act of 1963;
a married woman was first allowed to get a credit card in her own name, 1974;
the first female Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, 1981;
the first American woman astronaut in space, Sally Ride, 1983;
the first female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, 2007;
the first major party female presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, 2016;
the first female Vice President, Kamala Harris, 2021;
and the first “First Lady of the US” with a PhD, Dr. Jill Biden, 2021.
Tell us other signs you believe showing women are or are becoming equal in the comments below.
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For more information, please see…
Rowland, Debran. The Boundaries of Her Body: The Troubling History of Women’s Rights in America. Sphinx Publishing. 2007.
Suk, Julie. We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment. Skyhorse. 2022.
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