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Landmarks for women Since 1848


The world's first women's rights convention is held in Seneca Falls, N.Y. A Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions is signed, setting the agenda for the women's rights movement.

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Astronomer Maria Mitchell becomes the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Almost a century passes before another woman is added.


Amelia Jenks Bloomer publishes and edits Lily, the first prominent women's rights newspaper.


Quaker physicians establish the first women's medical college in Philadelphia.


Antoinette Brown is the first US woman ordained as a minister in a Protestant denomination (First Congregational Church in New York).

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The University of Iowa becomes the first state school to admit women.


Connecticut becomes the first state to prohibit all abortions.


The first woman suffrage law in the US is passed in Wyoming.


Iowa is the first state to admit a woman to the bar.


Congress passes a law to give women federal employees equal pay for equal work.


Edward Clarke of Harvard Medical College argues that higher education harms women and their future offspring. Clarke is widely believed and quoted for decades.


Supreme Court affirms that states can restrict women from the practice of any profession to preserve family harmony and 'uphold the law of the Creator.'

Congress passes the Comstock Law, defining contraceptive information as 'obscene material.'


Sophia Smith is the first woman to endow and found a women's college. Smith College is chartered in 1871, opens in 1875.

To be continued tommorow.

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