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Women’s History Milestones. Travel through our timeline and meet some amazing women who helped shape our country's history. 1851 – Sojourner Truth.

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Women’s History Milestones

Travel through our timeline and meet some amazing women who helped shape our country's history.

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1851 – Sojourner Truth

  • Delivers her famous "Ain't I a Woman" speech at a women's rights convention in Akron, Ohio. The former slave spent 40 years of her life preaching a message of equality for all people.

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1869 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony

  • Organized the National Woman Suffrage Association to fight for women's rights, especially the right to vote.

  • More than a century later, Anthony was honored when the U.S. Mint created a coin using her image.

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1920 - 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

  • Women win the right to vote.

  • Shortly afterwards, the League of Women Voters is formed to push for more reforms.

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1942 – World War II

  • About 350,000 women serve in the armed forces.

  • Many more provide support services. About 100,000 of those women serve in the U.S. Navy as WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service).

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1968 – Shirley Chisholm

  • Becomes the first African American woman elected to Congress.

  • Four years later, she became the first black person to run for President in the Democratic primaries.

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1972 – Equal Rights Amendment

  • ERA was finally passed by Congress 49 years after it was introduced!

  • ERA calls for equal rights for both men and women.

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1972 – Title IX

  • Ensures equal funding for both male and female sports in schools. As a result, women and girls have more opportunities to participate in sports.

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1981 – Sandra Day O’Conner

  • Becomes the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • At the time, just six percent of all federal judges were women.

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1983 – Sally Ride

  • Becomes America's first female astronaut when she spends six days in space.

  • Today, about 25 percent of NASA's astronauts are women.

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2000 – Hillary Clinton

  • Becomes the first First Lady to be elected to public office.

  • Currently she is running for President.

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2002-2005 – Alicia Keys & Norah Jones

  • Alicia Keys: Singer, songwriter and piano whiz took home five Grammy Awards in 2002, and four more in 2005.

  • Norah Jones: Piano-playing singer and songwriter - her album Come Away with Me snagged eight Grammys in 2003. Jones won three more of music's biggest awards in 2005.

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2005 – Condoleezza Rice

  • Became the second woman to serve as Secretary of State, the President's top advisor on foreign policy.

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