The following is my take on Equal Rights for Women in the United States.
Timeline 1769: The colonies screwed it up from the get-go by adopting the British system which did not allow married women to own property or keep their own wages.
In 1878, Susan B. Anthony drafted a Constitutional Amendment giving women the right to vote. That took guts!
Isolated progress, 1891, Marie Owens was hired as a policewoman in Chicago.
By 1900, all the states finally passed legislation allowing women to own property in their own name and keep their wages. Some states had dragged their feet allowing ownership only if the husband was incapacitated. Another ploy was not to allow women to manage the property held in their name.
1900 + Still unable to vote:
In the 1920’s, the Flappers arrived on the scene and kicked the doors down with: smoking, dancing, short hair, lipstick, short dresses, driving cars, and kissing.
TADAAAAAAAA! The 1920’s woman had emerged from her corset.
In 1920 the 19th Amendment, drafted by Susan B. Anthony 42 years earlier, was ratified and women could vote.
1941: Rosie the Riveter
1943 to 1954: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
2014, if there is any doubt left about women’s right to equality, watch this 38 second video, that a friend of mine since kindergarten (author of Pampas Cat) sent to me.
Women’s Rights in the United States have come a long way, but there is still work to do, not the least of which is the gender wage gap.
The gender wage gap still exists. Women receive 77 cents while men receive one dollar.
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