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Special events in the development of
womens equality

1900 to 1909
German women demand higher education March - 1900
First time in Olympic Games July - 1900
UK women's trade union meets October - 1900
First communal vote, Norway December - 1901
Feet-binding banned in China February - 1902
Textile workers call for votes for women February - 1902
Glasgow barmaids win ruling May - 1902
Prussia forbids political grouping May - 1902
Get vote in Connecticut elections September - 1903
Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst founds society October - 1903
Hospital for women in Waterloo October - 1903
Norwegion parliament blocks women's vote November - 1903
First to win Nobel prize : Marie Curie December - 1903
Pope attacks low-cut dresses January - 1904
Women's suffrage bill forced out, London May - 1905
First suffragettes to be imprisoned October - 1905
Bertha von Suttner wins Nobel Peace prize December - 1905
Participate in British election campaign February - 1906
Women over 24 get the vote in Finland March - 1906
Urged not to play "rough sports" March - 1906
Disrupt Parliament as motion is blocked April - 1906
Top suffragettes meet British premier June - 1906
Banned from "dangerous sport" in Britain June - 1906
Eleven Suffragettes jailed October - 1906
Keir Hardie's female emancipation bill November - 1906
Suffragettes on hunger strike December - 1906
Women's education under Persian Shah January - 1907
Suffragettes clash with police; arrests February - 1907
Finns elect women MPs, first in world March - 1907
Hardie's bill is defeated March - 1907
Women's Labour League first conference May - 1907
Employed equally in Austrian universities August - 1907
German Women's Congress anti-militarism August - 1907
Suffragettes drown out Asquith's speech November - 1907
Pre-marital affidavits on good character December - 1907
Suffragettes raid six ministers' homes' January - 1908
New York woman arrested for smoking January - 1908
Emmeline Pankhurst tells of prison life February - 1908
"Women's Parliament" meets February - 1908
Denmark chooses universal suffrage April - 1908
Automatic divorce law in France June - 1908
200,000 support suffragettes at rally June - 1908
Barmaids banned, New Zealand January - 1909
Desertion not grounds for divorce February - 1909
Russian prosecutor stops woman barrister November - 1909
French Law favours pregnant women November - 1909
Emancipation heroine in Shaw's play December - 1909
1910 to 1919
Divorce too expensive for poor, Britain November - 1909
Divorce Commission wants equal treatment November - 1912
Mrs Pankhurst charged with bomb attack February - 1913
Russian government bars women lawyers February - 1913
International Women's Peace Conference April - 1913
Why women dress up, by psychiatrist May - 1913
Emil Dawson, first woman magistrate, UK September - 1913
Woman in split skirt arrested in London July - 1913
Women are inferior, says Almroth Wright October - 1913
First woman to do aerial loop- the- loop January - 1914
Admitted to Turkish universities February - 1914
Mary Richardson slashes Velazquez art March - 1914
Problems of women factory workers, UK July - 1914
Queen starts war "Work for Women" fund September - 1914
Sewing guilds to make clothes for war November - 1914
Government wants war workers, equal pay March - 1915
Special army battalion created March - 1915
International Socialists call for peace March - 1915
Can apply to be bus, tram conductors October - 1915
Factory workers double production November - 1915
First fully employed, Scotland Yard November - 1915
Two million more employed in Britain January - 1916
400,000 to till fields, plan February - 1916
British government promises equal pay February - 1916
Committee blasts "extravagant dresses" March - 1916
Women dockers strike over male prejudice March - 1916
To receive Military Medal June - 1916
Queen Mary opens Women's Hospital July - 1916
Dr Mary Scharlieb says whores cause VD October - 1916
First birth control clinic, New York October - 1916
First woman member of US Congress November - 1916
3.2 million work outside home, Britain November - 1916
Women taxi drivers; non-military scheme February - 1917
First women's battalion, Russia June - 1917
200,000 work on land in wartime Britain September - 1917
Labour Parry educates and organises women October - 1917
Dr Anderson, first UK woman doctor, dies December - 1917
Marie Stopes on sex and birth control July - 1918
Million women factory-workers, USA August - 1918
London Underground strike for equal pay August - 1918
Revolutionary attacks Lenin; he survives August - 1918
Women railway workers settle dispute September - 1918
Commons votes to allow women MPs October - 1918
100 women police patrols, London November - 1918
Vote in British election for first time December - 1918
17 women among candidates; one elected December - 1918
Nationalist Moslem women protest, Egypt March - 1919
1.2 million more worked during War March - 1919
Nancy Astor is first woman MP November - 1919
Sex Disqualification Removal Bill passed December - 1919
First woman bar student, Lincoln's Inn December - 1919
1920-1929
Woman picket British embassy for Ireland April - 1920
France beats England at women's football May - 1920
Pope cononises Joan of Arc May - 1920
International Feminist Congress, Geneva June - 1920
First female jurors in Divorce Court UK January - 1921
Unemployment Benefits raised February - 1921
First UK birth control clinic opens March - 1921
Pope Pius XI attacks "immodest" dress March - 1922
Massachusetts public offices opened April - 1922
Less hardship for divorced women in bill May - 1922
Dr Ivy Williams, first called to bar May - 1922
First woman president of Co-operative June - 1922
First congress, Feminine Athletics August - 1922
Women get equal citizenship rights, US September - 1922
Coco Chapel's new liberated fashions February - 1923
Lords' coercion ruling, Britain February - 1923
Matrimonial Causes Bill; equal divorces March - 1923
First woman admitted to Academia Francais April - 1923
First broadcast of BBC's "Woman's Hour" May - 1923
Mrs Hilton Philipson is third woman MP June - 1923
Divorce husbands for adultery in new law June - 1923
First to practise at Old Bailey February - 1924
Late night working banned, US Court March - 1924
YWCA say "dress to succeed" May - 1924
Catholic women's group pro-modest dress July - 1924
Dr Russell warns of drugs and tobacco February - 1926
Mussolini shocked by Violet Gibson shot April - 1926
Guild wants no strikes or lockouts April - 1926
Can be elected to public office, India June - 1926
100,000 in London peace march June - 1926
First to swim Channel (breaks record) August - 1926
Italian women cannot hold public office October - 1926
Short hair and "avant-garde" bobs are in September - 1927
First women-only horse race, Newmarket October - 1927
Hall's "Well of Loneliness" on lesbians December - 1928
Abolition of veil sparks Afghan revolt December - 1928
Given limited divorce rights in Egypt March - 1929
Thirteen elected in British general election May - 1929
First UK minister : Margaret Bondfield June - 1929
World Congress on Women's Work, Berlin June - 1929
1930 to 1939
Agree retirement on marriage January - 1930
First to fly solo, Britain to Australia April - 1930
Trades unionists protest at "invasion" June - 1930
476,041 women unemployed in Britain August - 1930
Feminists condemn new long skirt fashion March - 1931
Civil service opens to women July - 1931
Elizabeth Scott's Shakespeare Theatre April - 1932
Mildred Didrikson breaks Olympic records August - 1932
Dietrich trend : menswear for women May - 1933
None in new Nazi Reichstag, Germany November - 1933
Women Wimbledon players may wear shorts May - 1934
Fourth Women's World Games; German triumph August - 1934
Polish conscription for men and women September - 1934
New trend : slimming exercises to music October - 1935
Laura Knight, first woman in Royal Academy February - 1936
First BBC women announcers May - 1936
Beryl Markham, first Atlantic women solo September - 1936
Marriage Bill widens grounds for divorce November - 1936
Turkey to conscript woman in wartime January - 1937
First woman owner to win Derby June - 1937
Miss M. J. Ahern manages John Lewis February- 1938
Dodds new drug to ease menopause December- 1938
Women fellow at male Oxford college May - 1939
Women's League of Health and Beauty UK June - 1939
Women's Auxiliary Air Force formed UK July - 1939
Women teachers in uk allowed to marry March - 1944
UK women teachers to get same pay as men March - 1944
New homes in UK to be fit for housewives July - 1944
Queen Elizabeth praises war work, UK December - 1944
First GI brides leave UK for USA January - 1946
Single women May become diplomats, UK March - 1946
Vote for first time in Japanese election April - 1946
UK minister advocates more women in work June - 1947
UK women asked to avoid longer skirts September - 1947
Woman manager of Shakespeare Theatre, UK February - 1948
Women's Service Bill passed, UK February - 1948
Women's Royal Air Force formed, UK February - 1948
Women's Royal Army Corps formed, UK February - 1948
Penson is first UK woman vice-chancellor June - 1948
WRAF and WRAC incorporated in UK forces 2 April - 199
Lords to admit peeresses, UK July - 1949
"The Second Sex", de Beauvoir, published December - 1949
1950 to 1969
Banned from reading, BBC news January - 1951
"Average UK housewife works 15 hour day July - 1951
Education pioneer Maria Montessori dies May - 1952
Commons votes for women's equal pay May - 1952
Eva Peron dies, Argentina's heroine July - 1952
First publicised sex change : Christine December - 1952
First woman to win Welsh Bardic Crown August - 1953
First as Tory minister, Horsbrugh September - 1953
Equal pay for civil servants January - 1955
Burnham committee -equal teachers' pay March - 1955
UK Lords reforms : life peers and women October - 1957
Bishop:working mothers "family enemy' March - 1958
Christabel Pankhurst, suffragist. dies March - 1958
14 women life peers July - 1958
Warnings on overuse of sedatives November - 1958
Lead Cato Manor unrest, South Africa June - 1959
New MPs Margaret Thatcher, Judith Hart October - 1959
Mrs Bandaranaike, first woman premier July - 1960
Suffragist Estelle Sylvia Pankurst dies September - 1960
Contraceptive pill goes on sale in UK January - 1961
First Mothercare shop opens, UK September - 1961
Birth control pill available on NHS, UK December - 1961
First woman judge in High Court' UK October - 1962
Tereshkova (USSR) first woman in space June - 1963
Oral contraceptive on prescription, UK June - 1963
Woman broadcaster reads TV news in Wales August - 1963
Woman completes solo round-world flight April - 1964
Death of Nancy Astor, first UK woman MP May - 1964
First Brook Advisory Centre opens, UK July - 1964
First woman High Court judge, UK August - 1965
First woman to train racehorses, UK July - 1966
Birth-control pioneer M. Sanger dies September - 1966
Twiggy is rising fashion star December - 1966
The Abortion Bill becomes law, UK October - 1967
Ford machinists' equal pay strike, UK June - 1968
Epidural promises painless childbirth September - 1968
First sextuplets born in Britain October - 1968
Pregnancy Advisory Service launched, UK October - 1968
First abortion clinic opens in Londonn October - 1968
Human egg made fertile in test tube, UK February - 1969
Women workers at Ford (UK) win equal pay February - 1969
Lloyd's of London to admit women February - 1969
Irene Hanson gives birth to quins, UK November - 1969
1970 to 1979
Bill to give women equal pay, UK February - 1970
First women generals in US Army May - 1970
Methodists to admit women ministers, UK June - 1970
Missiles thrown at Miss World contest November - 1970
"The Female Eunuch" published December - 1970
Women win the vote in Switzerland February - 1971
Liechtenstein refuses women the vote February - 1971
UK's biggest women's lib March - 1971
Allowed on UK Stock Exchange floor February - 1973
UK plans Equal Opportunities Commission September - 1973
Dalkon Shield IUD taken off market, US May - 1974
First as leader of a UK political party February - 1975
Two women try to kill Ford on two occasions September - 1975
State-sponsored maternity pay, UK October - 1975
International Women's Year ends December - 1975
Sex Discrimination Act, UK; employment December - 1975
Equal Pay Act, UK; equal opportunities December - 1975
UK's only big women's hospital to close February - 1976
Northern Irish women's peace movement August - 1976
First as Dartmouth Naval College cadets September - 1976
First as jockey in Grand National April - 1977
Red "La Passionaria" returns to Spain May - 1977
Peace Movement women win Nobel prize October - 1977
Naomi James in world sailing record June - 1978
Pelletier, first French Minister for Women September - 1978
Israel's woman premier Golda Meir dies December - 1978
US feminists upset at wife-rape verdict December - 1978
Teheran women protest at Islamic strictures March - 1979
International Women's Day protests March - 1979
Mrs Thatcher, first woman premier of UK May - 1979
First woman Prime Minister of Portugal July - 1979
Grate Weitz breaks 2.5 hour marathon October - 1979
1980 to 1988
Belfast peace woman Maguire dies January - 1980
More UK women work than rest of Europe January - 1980
Lung cancer kills many women in US January - 1980
Icelands first woman premier June - 1980
Iranians protest about Islamic dress July - 1980
First Norwegian woman prime minister February - 1981
Brown first woman to cox Oxford boat team April - 1981
First woman Supreme Court Judge, O'Connor July - 1981
Church of England for women as deacons November - 1981
20,000 women encircle Greenham Common against Cruise December - 1982
First woman trainer to win National, UK April - 1983
Sally Ride is first US woman in space June - 1983
First 3 woman head of major union, UK March - 1984
Bailiffs clear main Greenham peace camp April - 1984
G. Ferraro runs for US vice-president July - 1984
UK High Court grants Greenham eviction September - 1984
Church of England approves women deacons July - 1985
10,000 attend rights conference, Kenya July - 1985
Death of feminist Simone de Beauvoir April - 1986
UK synod votes for women's ordination February - 1987
Surrogate mothers not parents : US judge March - 1987
Plans for ordination of women published June - 1988
Synod on ordination of women July - 1988
Anglican bishops vote on women priests August - 1988
First woman bishop elected in America September - 1988


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