Next time you hear another woman say "I'm not a feminist," educate her on this list of 10 every day freedoms they are taking for granted. I'm not sure why this word has become divisive, maybe that is just a sign of the times. While some may think we are whiny man haters most of us are hard at work making sure our freedoms and civil rights do not continue to be trampled on. Many of the simple every day things like swiping your own credit card at the grocery store are rights we had to fight for to win. We all know women had to struggle hard for the right to vote. Here are ten other wins feminists got us. I guess all that whining pays off.
1. OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT.
Women could not open their own bank accounts until the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974. Prior to that they had to have their husbands permission or a male relative.
2. GET A CREDIT CARD
Banks started issuing credit cards in the 1960s. Unmarried women were not granted cards and married women needed the permission of their husbands to get a card. It wasn't until 1974 when the Equal Credit Opportunity Act was made a law that it was illegal to refuse a credit card to a woman based on her gender.
3. SIT ON A JURY
Juries are supposed to be an accurate representation of our society so the verdicts can be fair, however, women were excluded from this important civic duty. Slowly, states separately allowed women to sit in the jury box over the years until Mississippi finally became the last state to legalize it in 1968. Think women ever got a fair shake before that? Nope, but that's a different story.
4. TAKE BIRTH CONTROL PILLS
The contraceptive was first approved in 1957 by the FDA. At first it was only used for women with "severe menstrual distress." By 1960 doctors began to prescribe married women the pill for family planning. It wasn't until several years later that birth control was approved for use by all women, regardless of marital status. A woman having a right to birth control meant she could complete her education, enter the work force and plan her own life.
5. REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
Autonomy over our own bodies is a right that we are still fighting to make sure we keep to this day. At present there are hundreds of laws that have been pasted to govern women's bodies and zero for men. As RBG said, " The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control." This right has only been ours since 1973.
6. GET PREGNANT AND NOT GET FIRED
If a woman was able to have her own job, we were typically fired once we became pregnant. This was completely legal until the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.
7. BREASTFEED YOUR BABY IN PUBLIC
Public areas were still able to prohibit mothers from breastfeeding until a bill was finally passed by Congress, making this discrimination illegal. This just happened in 2018! Although sadly it is still met with resistance, Idaho and Utah were the last two states to make this simple natural act legal.
8. PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE AT THE SAME COST AS MEN.
Is it surprising to learn that women used to be charged more than men for their health insurance? Discrimination based on gender wasn't outlawed in health insurance until 2010! To this day, many elected officials have tried to roll back this protection against the discrimination of women.
9. GET AN IVY LEAGUE EDUCATION
Harvard would not allow women applicants until 1977, but Yale and Princeton were only slightly ahead by admitting their first female students in 1969.
10. FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY
The first female students at military academies were not accepted until 1976. Despite all of the hard work women have put into the military for decades, they weren’t allowed on the front lines until very recently in 2013.
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