Feminism…..It’s Not Just For Other Women. Know Your History.
Browsing through the interwebs a month or so ago, I saw a small article on a page I hadn’t visited before. “Women’s iLab”. The post was “8 things Women Couldn’t Do Before 1971”. That post did not credit any author. Surprised at some of the information, I fact checked every entry to be sure it was accurate, and then added to it considerably, including putting in the dates and cases that legally changed our world. I left the same basic format.
I originally posted this up on FB on my personal page. Little knowing it would go viral. Right now this post has seen over 37,000 plus shares and counting. In addition, I had so many friend requests on my personal page that I had to open a separate page just for posts I put up similar to this one. That page is: Information Please
This was my post, slightly updated:
For all of you younger women who turn up your noses at feminists and feminism….a few things to remember….and yes…Please look at the dates….those are correct. Shocked? Without us old women feminists, our mothers and grandmothers who were also feminists…..you wouldn’t even be able to own a credit card. Maybe that would have been a good thing….?
10 Things Women Couldn’t Do In 1972…
1. Women could not get credit cards in their own names.
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 gave women that right. The law forced credit card companies to issue cards to women without a husband’s signature.
2. Legally get an abortion.
The seminal Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade, which protected a woman’s right to choose, didn’t happen until 1973.
3. Access the morning after pill. Or birth control.
The FDA first approved emergency contraception in 1998. The morning after pill didn’t become available over the counter in all 50 states until 2013. 1965 The Supreme Court (in Griswold v. Connecticut) gave married couples the right to use birth control. It wasn’t until 1972 The Supreme Court (in Baird v. Eisenstadt) that single women’s access to birth control was legalized in all 50 states.
4. Be guaranteed they wouldn’t be fired for getting pregnant.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 added an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifying that employers could not discriminate “on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.”
5. Have anywhere to go when they were beaten by a spouse.
It wasn’t until 1974 that the first US shelter for battered women opened in St. Paul, Minnesota. Now there are well over 1,000 shelters for battered women across the USA, but with extremely limited bed space and scant funding. Report state that as many as 70% of the women (and children) who seek a safe shelter from violence in their own homes from spouses or partners have to be turned away due to the the lack of a space in a safe shelter.
6. Fight on the front lines.
Women were first admitted into military academies in 1976. Finally in 2013, the military ban on women in combat (tied to a Pentagon rule from 1994) was lifted by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta. What is noteworthy is prior to 1973 women were only allowed in the military as nurses or support staff.
7. Take legal action against workplace sexual harassment.
According to The Week, the first time a court recognized office sexual harassment as grounds for legal action was in 1977. In fact, the 1986 case of Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, was first time the Supreme Court recognized “sexual harassment” as a violation of Title VII.
8. Decide not to have sex if their husbands wanted to.
Spousal rape wasn’t criminalized in all 50 states until 1993.
9. Obtain health insurance at the same monetary rate as a man.
Sex discrimination wasn’t outlawed in health insurance until 2010. Until then, insurers regularly charged women more than men for even the most basic insurance.
10. Keep your husband who had been convicted of spousal abuse from owning a gun.
Voisine v. United States, 579 U.S. ___ (2016), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held that reckless misdemeanor domestic violence convictions trigger gun control prohibitions on gun ownership. In other words, until this year, the man that was convicted of beating the crap out of you and your children was still allowed to own a gun as well as keeping it in your house if you decided to still live with him. In his house if you managed to get out.
BTW: In 1880, a few years before this photo was taken the age of “consent” was set at 10 or 12 in most states, with the exception of Delaware……….where it was 7.
Feminism…..It’s not just for other women. Know your history.
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