A History of Women’s Achievement in America - Women Begin to Transform Themselves
1.) 1916 - Jeannette Rankin Becomes the First Woman Elected to the U.S. Congress
Jeannette Rankin, elected to Congress before woman suffrage was passed was a leader for women rights.
2.) 1920 - Women Gain the Right to Vote
The 19th Amendment allowed women to gain the right to vote, a right fought for by suffragettes first led by Susan B. Anthony in the 19th century.
3.) 1920 - Edith Wharton Wins a Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Innocence
Edith Wharton wrote The Age of Innocence, and was the first woman novelist to win the Pulitzer Prize.
4.) 1928 - Margaret Mead Publishes Coming of Age in Samoa
Margaret Mead, who wrote Coming of Age in Samoa, studied with the great anthropologist, Ruth Benedict, and became one of the greatest of American scientists, setting the stage for women scientists.
5.) 1929 - Georgia O'Keeffe Visits New Mexico for the First Time
Georgia O'Keeffe, the American painter, who lived with gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, was one of the greatest women painters and helped establish American Art in the 20th century
6.) 1932 - Amelia Earhart Flies the Atlantic Ocean Solo
Amelia Earhart, one of the America's women pioneers, flew airplanes and became one of the best pilots of the first half of the 20th century.
7.) 1935 - Mary McLeod Bethune Founds the National Council of Negro Women
Mary McLeod Bethune, a member of FDR's Black Cabinet, founded Bethune Cookman College and the National Council of Negro Women, which allied with the NAACP to promote Civil Rights.