Those who were born with certain rights, often take them for granted, no matter how recently those rights were won. Decades after decades of female empowerment and feminism, thousands of suffragettes dedicating their lives to the cause as well as the civil rights movement and the sexual revolution completely transformed the world as it was known only half a century ago.
Many aspects of a woman’s life that seem completely normal today were overruled much more recently than many of us think. Read up and raise a glass for all those who made what we have today possible.
1. Opening a bank account
Until the Equal Credit Opportunity Act was passed in 1974, American women could not have a bank account in their name without their husband or a male relative’s permission.
2. Serving jury duty
It took a long time before all the US States would allow women to sit in the jury box. Mississippi was the last one in 1968.
3. Practicing law
Until 1971, a woman could still be denied the right to plead a client’s case even with a law degree.
4. Taking birth control pills
The contraceptive was approved in 1960, but several states kept it banned for a few more years.
5. Going on maternity leave
Until the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, it was entirely up to the boss if a woman would keep her job once she became pregnant.
6. Breastfeeding in public
Public areas were still technically able to prohibit mothers from breastfeeding until the Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act passed by Congress in March 2017!
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7. Attend an Ivy League University
Harvard would not allow women applicants until 1977, while Yale and Princeton admitted their first female students in 1969.
8. Attending a military academy
The first female students at West Point Academy were accepted in 1976.
9. Participating in the Boston Marathon
The legendary marathon was all-male until 1972.
10. Serve in combat
Despite all of the hard work women have been putting in the background, it wasn’t until 2013 that they would be allowed on the front line.
11. Become an astronaut
In 1978, Sally Ride was the first lady to join NASA, fifteen years after Valentina Tereshkova from the Soviet Union became the first woman in space.