March 15, 2023

Did You Know.....

Did You Know.....?

Women's History Month 2023 Trivia

(provided by the Global Women's Caucus)


Banks could refuse women a credit card until the Equal Opportunity Act of 1974 was signed into law.

Banks could deny a credit card to an unmarried woman, and if a woman was married her husband was required to cosign.

Women could be fired for getting pregnant until the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 prohibited sexual discrimination on the basis of


Women could not serve on juries in all 50 states until 1975 when the Supreme Court finally decided they could not be excluded.

Workplace sexual harassment was not considered sex discrimination until 1980 when the Equal

Employment Opportunity Commission determined it was. It took the Supreme Court until 1986 to make the first ruling on the matter.

Women were banned from front-line combat until the pentagon rescinded that rule in 2013. Women have always been a part of US military service but were not allowed on the front lines.

All 50 states did not have laws regarding spousal rape until 1993. In fact, by 1996, only 16 states had repealed all of their exemptions to marital rape, and only 33 states had partially repealed exemptions.

Women still pay more than men for health insurance and sex discrimination was not outlawed in insurance until 2010 when the Affordable Care Act started to address the discrepancy.

Unmarried women could not obtain birth control until 1972. Although the FDA approved the pill in the 1960s it was only available via prescription in limited places to married women for "family planning".

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