Timeline of Women's Rights

Vistas English III A 2014

1769

Women could not keep money they earned nor own property. It would not be until 1900 before every state in America had a law granting women the right to own property.

1868

The 14th amendment denying women the right to vote was ratified.

1872

Victoria Caflin Woodhull was the first woman to run for president of the United States, but neither she nor any other women could actually vote.

1872 -1873

Susan B. Anthony was arrested, tried and found guilty for "unlawful voting" in Canandaigua, NY.

July 19-20, 1848

The Seneca Falls Convention was the first women's rights convention held in the United States, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The women signed the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, modeled after the Declaration of Independence, which called for the equal treatment of women and men under law.

1920

The League of Women Voters is founded to educate women about their right to vote and encourage them to do so!

1920

The 19th Amendment is ratified (72 years after the Seneca Falls convention) giving women the right to vote and ending the women's suffrage movement.. Only one woman who signed the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Charlotte Woodward, is alive and able to vote.

August 1970

Approximately 50,000 people march in New York City for the first Women's Strike for Equality.

1972

The U.S. Congress passes the Equal Employment Opportunity Act. The Equal Rights Amendment passes Congress, but it fails to be ratified.

1981

Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court.