What women have gained since they first earned the right to vote

Statues of US pioneers for women's suffrage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton (L), Susan B. Anthony (C), and Lucretia Mott (R) are seen Septembder 30, 2013 in the US Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC. (MICHAEL MATHES/AFP/Getty Images)

We’re about a month away from what seems to be one of the most important elections of our lifetime, which might put a woman in the White House for the very first time. That’s why it’s important to remember that the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, was passed 96 years ago — while in some states, black women have only been allowed to vote since the 1960s. The decades since have seen steady progress for women’s rights, largely thanks to women exercising their right to vote. To celebrate this — and remind women across the United States how important it is to make sure they have their voices heard on November 8 — The Huffington Post came up with 20 rights women have gained since they gained the right to vote. They remind us that it wasn’t until 1960 that women were able to buy the birth control pill, after the FDA approved it. In 1973, when the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Roe v. Wade, women finally gained the right to safe and legal abortions. And in 2009, when President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, allowing women to file a complaint of pay discrimination within six months of receiving their last paycheck. That’s just a handful — there have been many more rights gains and, of course, we still have a long way to go on some things.

Read the full story at the The Huffington Post.

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