A Century of Women: The Most Influential Events in Twentieth-Century Women's History
Citadel Press, 1999 - 368 pages
What great events have shaped women's lives in the twentieth century and enabled them to step with confidence and optimism into the next millennium? A Century of Women: The Most Influential Events in Twentieth-Century Women's History is a thoughtful and provocative look back at the most significant events in the history of women over the past one hundred years. Decade by decade the author profiles the critical advances in labor, social and political reform, and the cultural movements that have so profoundly affected women. Each event and its influence is discussed in detail, and the historical context is explored. Here is a sampling:
1900-1909 Kansas prohibitionist Carry Nation began hatcheting saloons.
1910-1919 The first birth-control clinic opened in Brooklyn, New York -- and was shut down by police ten days later.
1920-1929 The nineteenth amendment gained women the right to vote. The first Miss America, Margaret Gorman, was crowned.
1930-1939 Margaret Mitchell published Gone With the Wind.
1940-1949 World War II sent women into the work force on the home front.
1950-1959 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harries debuted; the first TV sitcom to show women as happy homemakers.
1960-1969 The birth control pill was approved by the FDA. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan was published.
1970-1979 Title IX prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender in federally funded programs. Abortion was legalized.
1980-1989 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sexual harassment was discrimination and a violation of federal law.
1990-1999 The Citadel and VMI opened their doors to women for the first time.
Essential reading for students and others interested in women's history,this book provides positive affirmation that the twentieth century has truly been a century of women.
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Prohibitionist Carry Nation Hatchets Saloons
The Electric Washing Machine Is Invented
The National Womens Trade Union League Is Formed
Mary McLeod Bethune Founds the Daytona Normal
The Mann Act Outlaws Interstate Transportation
Juliette Gordon Low Founds the Girl Scouts of the USA
New York Socialite Mary Phelps Jacobs Patents
The First Birth Control Clinic Opens in Brooklyn
Simone de Beauvoirs The Second Sex Is Published in English
19551956 Twin Sisters Esther Pauline and Pauline Esther Friedman Become Ann Landers and Dear Abby
The La Leche League Is Founded
Barbie Makes Her Debut
The FDA Approves the Birth Control Pill
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan Is Published
The Presidents Commission on the Status of Women Issues Its American Women Report
The League of Women Voters Is Founded
Betty Crocker Advertisings Symbol of Domesticity
Women Track and Field Athletes Are Included Under
Sex Hormones Are Discovered
Amelia Earhart Flies Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean
Margaret Mitchells Gone With the Wind Is Published
19411945 World War II
Seventeen a Magazine for Teenage Girls Is First Published
The First Baby Boomers Are Born
French Fashion Designer Louis Réard Invents the Bikini
The Lost Sex a Postwar Treatise on the Status of Women Is Published
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Premiers
The Second Half of the Kinsey Report Sexual Behavior in the Human Female Is Published
The First Playboy Magazine Hits Newsstands
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Prohibits Sex Discrimination in Employment
The National Organization for Women Is Founded
Shirley Chisholm Becomes the First AfricanAmerican Woman Member of Congress
The First Womens Studies Program Is Established by San Diego State College
Gloria Steinem Founds Ms Magazine
Congress Passes the Equal Rights Amendment
Abortion Is Legalized
The First Women Are Admitted to U S Military Academies
Sally Ride Becomes the First U S Woman Astronaut
The Supreme Court Rules Against Sexual Harassment
All Branches of the Military Are Ordered to Examine
Ellen DeGeneress Sitcom Character Comes Out