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
May 2, 1972 - Kitty Kelly, a freelance writer for Time Magazine, speaking at luncheon meeting of the Minnesota Press Club while in Minneapolis. Kelly told the group about the world of Women's Wear Daily.
May 2, 1972 - MPR’s Dulcie Lawrence profiles member of Alabama’s national Democratic delegation.
July 28, 1972 - MPR’s Paul Gruchow presents interview about the unfair treatment and racism against Black women working in General Mills and other corporations.
September 6, 1972 - MPR’s Connie Goldman reports on the differing opinions of the Mary Tyler Moore TV show, which is set in Minneapolis.
September 7, 1972 - After racial disturbances at several Minneapolis high schools last year, human relations programs are appearing in high schools.
October 3, 1972 - MPR’s Bob Potter interviews Phyllis Schlafly, author and conservative movement leader, on her views of women’s rights and her opposition of the Equal Rights Amendment. Phyllis Schlafly states women should not be equal to men.
October 3, 1972 - GOP cabinet members' wives visit Minnesota and campaign for Nixon. Report includes brief interviews with wives.
October 6, 1972 - Excerpt of Kate Millett speaking at Macalester College on discrimination against women professionals, and about women academics at Columbia appealing to HEW for fair treatment.
October 13, 1972 - Kate Millett speaks on self-publishing for/by women. In speech, Millett talks on filtering through the male establishment and the autonomy of women to do their own thing; that an editor is not a writer; and about the opposition to any new artistic form. She states that outsiders are better to have their own presses and should not depend on fat-cat capitalism.
October 18, 1972 - MPR’s Connie Goldman talks with Pat Huss, who discusses the results of Minnesota Public Interest Research Group survey on Twin Cities employment agencies.