Women’s History Month Milestones

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In observance of Women’s History Month, check out this list of milestones:*

1839 Mississippi becomes first state to grant married women right to hold property in their own names, independent of their husbands

1840 Catherine Brewer becomes first woman to receive a bachelor’s degree, from Georgia Female College (now Wesleyan College) in Macon, Georgia

1843 Isabella Baumfree takes the name Sojourner Truth and goes on to become a famed abolitionist and women’s rights activist

1848 First women’s rights convention is held in Seneca Falls, New York, to sign the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments

1849 Elizabeth Blackwell becomes first woman to receive a medical degree from Geneva Medical College (now SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y.)

1872 Susan B. Anthony is arrested for trying to vote

1872 Victoria Claflin Woodhull becomes first woman Presidential candidate, for the Equal Rights Party

1916 Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes first woman elected to

1920 19th Amendment gives women right to vote

1938 Fair Labor Standards Act establishes minimum wage without regard to gender

1963 Equal Pay Act is passed by Congress to close gender pay gap

1963 Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique is published

1964 Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination on basis of race, color, religion, national origin or sex

1967 Muriel Siebert becomes first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange

1972 Title IX bans gender discrimination in federally funded education programs

*Excerpt from DiversityInc.com Daily Newsletter . . . Women’s History Month for all Employees (Meeting in a Box issue) 2017.


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