Who runs the world? GIRLS! 🙋♀️
Over the last 100 years, women have fought and won many advancements in the workforce. In celebration of Labor Day, we wanted to pay tribute to all the hard-working women by recognizing their positive achievements.
Milestones for women in the workforce 👩🏭
1809 – Mary Kies becomes the first woman to receive a patent, for a method of weaving straw with silk.
1869 – Arabella Mansfield is granted admission to practice law in Iowa, making her the first woman lawyer.
1872 – Female federal employees are guaranteed equal pay for equal work under the law.
1887 – Susanna Medora Salter becomes the first woman elected mayor of an American town, in Argonia, Kansas.
1889– Anna Bissell becomes the first ever women CEO of Sweeper Company.
1916 – Jeannette Rankin, of Montana, is the first woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives.
1932 – Hattie Wyatt Caraway, of Arkansas, becomes the first woman elected to the US Senate.
1933 – Frances Perkins becomes the first female cabinet member, appointed secretary of labor by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1941 – A shortage of workers during WWII opens a large range of high-paying jobs to women. Almost seven million women enter the workforce, creating the cultural icon “Rosie the Riveter.”
**1963** – The Equal Pay Act is passed by Congress, promising equitable wages for the same work, regardless of the race, color, religion, national origin or sex of the worker.
1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
1983 – Dr. Sally K. Ride becomes the first American woman to be sent into space.
1990 – During the Gulf War, women serve in combat for the first time.
1997 – Madeleine Albright becomes the first female secretary of state.
2007 – Nancy Pelosi becomes the first female speaker of the House.
2009 – Michelle Obama becomes the first African-American First Lady and creates Let’s Move that is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.
2011 – Oprah Winfrey becomes the first African-American multi-billionaire.
2016 – Hillary Rodham Clinton secures the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first U.S. woman to lead the ticket of a major party.
2017 – Congress has a record number of women, with 104 female House members and 21 female Senators, including the chamber’s first Latina, Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto.
2018 – Stacy Cunningham becomes the first woman president of the New York Stock Exchange.
Today, let’s honor these women who have worked so hard to get our nation where it is and recognize our commitment to keep fighting the good fight for equality.