1910's and 1920's
1930's and 1940's
-Pocahontas saves John Smith from execution and becomes an intermediary between Powhatans and the English. Shows early female importance in uniting different cultures.
-Anne Hutchinson criticizes women's roles in society and is banned from Massachusetts. This is early female opposition to inequality.
- Women weave clothes and make goods to support boycott of British goods. Women play a large role in gaining America's independence and it inspires them to eventually pursue their own.
-During Civil War, women took care of shops, offices, farms while men were away. This helped them gain some independence.
-Development of all female colleges.
-Rise of abolitionist movement shows the power women have for social reform after many states become "dry".
-Seneca Falls Convention for women's rights takes place in 1848, and a Declaration of Sentiments is drawn up.
-National Woman Suffrage Association formed in 1869 and fights for women's suffrage. It becomes a place women can come together in to gain rights.
-Jane Addams opens Hull House in 1889 in the popular settlement house movement of the late 1800's.
-Women fight for better factory working conditions.
- National Woman Suffrage Association and National Woman's Party argue over US involvement in World War I. This shows rising political activity.
-19th amendment gives women the right to vote.
-Frances Perkins becomes first female cabinet member. Again, female political activity is shown.
-During World War II, 6 million women join the workforce to contribute to the war effort and take up jobs that men had left. Growing independence for women is the result.
- The post-WWII baby boom leads many women to temporarily stop seeking social reform and focus on raising their children.
-Betty Friedan starts the "second wave" of feminism with her 1963 book "The Feminine Mystique".
-The Equal Rights Amendment gains popularity and gets approval from Congress.
-Abortion becomes legal in 1973 case Roe v. Wade.
-Webster v. Reproductive Health Services allows some state laws to restrict abortion.
-ERA fails to become amendment, falling short of 3 states.