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Women's Equality Day Is a Reminder That the Fight for Women's Rights Didn't End With 19th Amendment

Fifty years ago today over 100,000 women—and some men—took to the streets across the nation in a Women’s Strike for Equality, using the 50th anniversary of women’s suffrage to bring renewed attention to women’s rights. The march was the biggest women’s mobilization in U.S. history until the Women’s March in 2017 shattered that record.

In the immediate aftermath of the strike, feminists convinced (overwhelmingly male) legislators to pass transformative laws that changed the landscape for women in school, at work and at home—the passage of Title IX of the Higher Educational Amendments Act in 1972 and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act in 1974 are two highlights.


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