A TIMELINE OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN THE USA

By Tim Lambert

1815 American campaigner for women's rights Elizabeth Cady Stanton is born

1820 American campaigner for women's rights Susan B Anthony is born

1839 Mississippi is the first state to allow married women to own property

1841 In the USA three women gain bachelor degrees from Oberlin College. They are the first women in the USA to gain bachelor degrees.

1848 Maria Mitchell becomes the first woman member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The first women's rights convention is held at Seneca Falls.

1849 Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman in the USA to qualify as a doctor

1866 Lucy Hobbs Taylor becomes the first American woman to graduate from a dental college

1869 The territory of Wyoming gives women the right to vote

1870 Ada Kepley becomes the first American woman to graduate from law school

1872 Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman to run for president of the USA

1877 Helen Magill White becomes the first woman in the USA to gain a PhD

1887 Susanna Salter becomes the first woman mayor in the USA

1893 Men in Colorado vote in a referendum to allow women to vote

1896 In Idaho and Utah, USA women get the right to vote

1905 In the USA Nora Stanton Blatch Barney is the first woman to gain a degree in civil engineering

1910 The first policewoman begins duty in Los Angeles. Women in Washington state, USA get the right to vote.

1911 Women in California get the right to vote

1912 Women in Oregon get the right to vote

1914 Women in Montana and Nevada are allowed to vote

1916 Jeanette Rankin becomes the woman elected to the US Congress (The House of Representatives)

1917 Women in New York State are allowed to vote

1918 Women in Oklahoma, Michigan and South Dakota are allowed to vote.

1920 In the USA all white women get the right to vote. (In some states African American women (and men) were prevented from voting till the Voting Rights Act 1965).

1922 Rebecca Latimer Felton becomes the first woman US senator

1925 Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first woman governor of a US state (Wyoming)

1928 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the Atlantic

1933 Frances Perkins becomes the first woman appointed to a presidential cabinet. She was secretary of labor.

1963 The Equal Pay Act is passed. The new law makes it illegal to pay men and women different amounts for doing the same work.

1967 Muriel Siebert becomes the first woman to own a seat on the New York stock exchange. Kathrine Switzer becomes the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.

1977 Nancy Goorey becomes the first woman president of the American Dental Association

1981 Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first woman judge on the US Supreme Court

1983 Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space

1990 Antonia Novello becomes the first woman surgeon general of the USA

A History of Women's Clothes

A History of Women's Underwear

A History of Women's Jobs

A History of Women's Rights

A Timeline of Women's Rights in the UK

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