First wave feminism timeline

A timeline for Second Wave Feminism


‘Operation Bootstrap’ is in effect sterilizing one third of Puerto Rican women.

Four young men sit-in at a Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counter after they are refused service. Their action ignites youthful civil rights activists all over the South.

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is founded.

Daughters of Bilitis hold first national Lesbian conference in San Francisco

Jorja English Palmer joins the Chicago Community Council Organization and becomes a leader in the battle to end school segregation in Chicago.

Illinois is first state in U.S. to decriminalize homosexual acts


President’s Commission on the Status of Women is formed by John F. Kennedy with Eleanor Roosevelt as chair.

November 1- Fifty thousand women in sixty cities, mobilized by Women Strike for Peace, protest above ground testing of nuclear bombs and tainted milk.

Dolores Huerta joins Cesar Chavez as a leader of the National Farm Worker's Association (later UFW). Jessie Lopez de la Cruz is the first union woman who organizes in the field.

Birth control pills approved in 1960 and made available in 1961.

Mary Jane Snyder, Planned Parenthood leader, speaks at schools, including at least one Catholic High School, about family planning.


Rachel Carson publishes Silent Spring, which exposes the dangers of pesticide use " helps launch the modern environmental movement. She is subjected to sexist attacks for her work.

Rev. Willie Barrow and Rev. Jesse Jackson organize Operation Breadbasket dedicated to improving economic conditions in the black community. It later evolves into Rainbow-PUSH.


Betty Friedan publishes The Feminine Mystique.

Congress passes the Equal Pay Act.

PCSW presents report to Kennedy documenting discrimination against women.

Some 200, 000 people rally in Washington, D.C. and hear Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.

Alice Rossi presents "Equality Between the Sexes: An Immodest Proposal" at American Academy of Arts and Sciences conference.

Terrorist bomb planted by segregationists kills four girls attending Sunday school in Birmingham, Alabama.

Chicago Board of Education sets up a 3 year project with Chicago Comprehensive Care Centers in a YWCA building.

Eleanor Roosevelt appoints Chicago labor leader Addie Wyatt to serve on the Labor Legislation Committee of the Commission on the Status of Women.


Congress passes the Civil Rights Act that includes Title VII prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex .

The War in Viet Nam escalates as the US begins bombing North Viet Nam.

The Free Speech Movement...


What basic right was won by women in the first wave of feminism?

The right to vote.
1911 - Women over the age of 30 and who had a certain level of income could vote.
1928 - Women gained the same voting rights as men.
(In England that is).

What is meant by the First wave of feminism in the U.s?

Refers to feminist activity during the 19th and early 20th century, focusing primarily on women's suffrage (the right to vote).

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