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Women''s Rights Activists GET RESULTS . . .

Women win the right to vote in 1920.
The birth control pill is approved in 1960.
The Equal Pay Act is passed in 1963.
The Civil Rights Act passes in 1964, outlawing sex discrimination in employment.
In 1967 NOW leads a successful fight to extend Affirmative Action in federal contracts to women.
In 1972 Shirley Chisholm, first African-American woman to run for president, is endorsed by NOW.
Women win Title IX in 1972, prohibiting sex discrimination in education and school athletics.
In 1973 Roe v. Wade establishes a woman''s legal right to abortion.
In 1978 feminists win a ban on employment discrimination against pregnant women.
Sexual harassment is ruled an illegal form of job discrimination in 1986.
NOW wins money damages and jury trials for sex discrimination in Civil Rights Act of 1991.
Family and Medical Leave passes in 1993.
The Violence Against Women Act is signed in 1994 and mass action by NOW ensures funding.
NoW organizes to bring 1.15 million marchers to DC in 2004 for women''s health, reproductive rights.
Public support for same-sex marriage has grown due to education and activism by groups like NOW.

. . . But The Struggle Is NOT OVER YET.

Women are paid only three-quarters of men''s pay, while women of color make even less.
Racism, sexism and homophobia are rampant, limiting the potential of more than half the country.
A woman has never been President of the U.S., nor been nominated by a major party.
Women make up less than one-fifth of the members of Congress and state governors.
Women hold the top positions at less than three percent of the Fortune 500 companies.
Women are vastly under-represented in science and technology professions, the military, judicial seats and many prestigious fields.
Increased restrictions on reproductive rights leave women and girls with less control over their bodies, health and well-being.
Women and girls are more than 85 percent of all U.S. rape and domestic violence victims.
Congress and most states do not grant equal marriage rights to lesbian and gay couples.
More than 90 percent of those struggling with eating disorders are women or girls; women are 85 percent of cosmetic surgery patients.
Poor women, women of color and women with disabilities experience a disproportionate amount of discrimination, violence, interference in their private lives, and other barriers to equality.
Women''s equality still is not guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution — but we don''t intend to quit!

 
 
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