Women in the 1970s

Women in the United States made major headway towards equality in the 1970s as more women entered the workforce, enrolled in colleges, and took the spotlight in some professional sports. The topic of gender discrimination came to the forefront. A handful of the major events during the 1970s include:

1970 - Labor organizer Dolores Huerta becomes vice president of the United Farm Workers, which she cofounded to help immigrant and migrant people.
1972 - Gloria Steinem helps launch the first issue of Ms. magazine.
1973 - The U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade guarantees a women’s right to abortion
1974 – Little league baseball is opened to girls
1976 – Women are admitted into the U.S. military academies
1978 – Almost 100,000 demonstrators march in Washington, D.C., in support of the Equal Rights Amendment

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