Timeline of Women's Rights

Vistas English III A 2014

1769

Women could not own property or keep their own earnings. It wasn't until after 1900 that every state allowed women to own property and keep their wages.

1826

The first public high schools for girls open in New York and Boston.

1838

Mount Holyoke College is established in Massachusetts as first college for women.

1840

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott decided to have a Women's Right Convention.

1848

The first Women's Rights Convention is held in Seneca Falls, NY.

1872

Nominated by the Equal Rights Party, Victoria Chaflin Woodhull is the first woman to run for president of the United States. But neither she nor any woman is allowed to vote.

1872

Susan B. Anthony casts her first vote whether the 14th amendment would be interpreted broadly to guarantee women the right to vote. She was arrested for attempting to vote.

1890

The National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association will merge to form the National American Women's Suffrage Association.

1920

Seventy-two years after the Seneca Falls Convention, the 19th amendment which gives women the right to vote, is ratified.

1961

President John F. Kennedy establishes the President's Commission on the Status of Women and appoints Eleanor Roosevelt as chairwoman.