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Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

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Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, published in 1990, is one of the best-known works of superstar philosopher Judith Butler (b. 1956). Gender is not an innate personal attribute, Butler argues,...

Katherine Switzer

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By registering using just her initials, Katherine Switzer (b. 1947) ran the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry in 1967, when it did not allow women. She was discovered at mile 5...

Wilma Mankiller

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Das Original kann vom dargestellen Bild abweichen.  In 1985, social worker Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010) became the first woman to be elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. Over her 10 years in the...

Planned Parenthood

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Sex educator, writer, and nurse Margaret Sanger (1897-1966) founded the American Birth Control League (ABCL) in 1921 and opened its first legal clinic in 1923. The ABCL worked to educate women about contraceptives and...

EMILY's List

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EMILY's List is a political action committee created in 1985 by Ellen R. Malcolm (b. 1947). It aims to help elect pro-choice Democratic women to office by obtaining large donations in the...

Barbie

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Das Original kann vom dargestellten Bild abweichen. When Barbie was introduced in 1959, women were expected to be full-time mothers and homemakes, and toys reflected this: The market consisted mostly of baby...

Pregnancy Discrimination Act

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There were no official laws that protected the rights of pregnant women in the workforce until the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) in 1978, which amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act...

Sex and the Single Girl

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Das Original kann vom dargestellten Bild abweichen.  Helen Gurley Brown (1922-2012) published Sex and the Single Girl in 1962, a sensational advice book that covered career, fashion, and love. It provocatively encouraged women...

Civil Right Act

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Das Original kann vom dargestellten Bild abweichen. On July 2, 1964, the Civil Right Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Of note, Title VII in the act prohibits labor...

Amelia Earhart

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Das Original kann vom dargestellten Bild abweichen.  In 1932, Amelia Earhart (1897-c. 1939) became the first women to fly alone over the Atlantic Ocean, flying from Canada to Northern Ireland. This feat earned...

Alice Marie Coachman

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Das Original kann vom dargestellten Bild abweichen.  In 1948, Alice Marie Coachman (1923 - 2014) became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Specializing in the high jump, Coachman leapt...
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