Landmarks for Women
An international timeline.
English feminist Mary Wollstonecraft writes first major feminist tract, 'A Vindication of the Rights of Women.'
Queen's College for Women opens in Great Britain.
The first women's rights conference is held in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
Female doctors are allowed to practice in United States.
Married British women who are employed are allowed to spend their own earnings.
British government begins employing women for clerical work.
French Socialist Congress is first political party to demand equal political and economic rights for women. (Rights are not granted.)
French female factory workers are allowed to open bank accounts without consent of their husbands.
New Zealand is first nation to give vote to women.
Finland is first European country to grant women's suffrage.
New Soviet Union gives vote to women and declares equality of the sexes.
Congress passes the 19th Amendment to US Constitution, extending vote to women. (It is ratified the next year.)
Turkey bans custom requiring women to wear the veil.
Great Britain gives vote to women.
UN establishes Commission on the Status of Women.
UN adopts the Convention on thePolitical Rights of Women.
Canada passesan act prohibiting sexual discrimination.
Indira Gandhi becomes prime minister of India, the first woman elected to head an independent government.
UN observes International Women's Year and holds first world conference on women in Mexico City. Four subsequent conferences are held, the last being the 1995 conference in Beijing.
UN adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
UN General Assembly adopts the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women.