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Significant Female Moments in US History

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re looking back on some of the biggest wins for women in the history of the United States.

Some are historical, some are political, some are creative and some are big fashion moments, and ALL left a memorable impact on our society. The best part? Now more than ever, women are in positions of power across all industries and our impact is rapidly expanding. Here are some of the biggest moments for women in the last 100 years. 

1920: The 19th Amendment finally passes and women win the right to vote.

1921: Edith Wharton is the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her book, The Age of Innocence. Fun Fact: Gossip Girl was inspired by this very novel.

1928: Amelia Earhart is the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane and she became an editor at Cosmopolitan magazine.

1955: Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus and sparked the Civil Rights Movement as we know it. 

1960: The FDA approves “The Pill,” the first birth control drug that opens up opportunities for women everywhere.

1973: Billie Jean King wins the Battle of the Sexes, beating Bobby Ruggs in a major tennis tournament. 

1973: The Right to Abortion was guaranteed. All state and federal restrictions on abortion in the first trimester were deemed unconstitutional. 

1977: The first sports bra was introduced, giving women more support while exercising. Samples of the original Jogbra are on display in the Smithsonian Institution and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Collection.

1981: Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

1983: Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.

1985: Madonna releases “Material Girl.”

1992: Record numbers of women are elected to public office.

1995: Jennifer Aniston debut’s “The Rachel” on Friends. 

2000: J.Lo Wears “The Dress” to the Grammy Awards. 

2002: Halle Berry becomes the first African American woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress

2007: Nancy Pelosi becomes the first female Speaker of the House.

2016: Hillary Clinton becomes first female presidential nominee of a major party. 

2017: A record number of women are elected to Congress. 

2018: Oprah Winfrey Receives the Cecil B. de Mille Award at the Golden Globes

2019: Kylie Jenner becomes the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

 

Photo by: Travel + Leisure

By SN Edit

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