This month, the world celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8th. We thought we would take you through history with a quick timeline on how women’s rights have developed over the years and give you an idea of some of the most influential women in history.


1911: The first ever International Women’s Day is celebrated100 Years of Women’s History

1913: Norwegian women are given the right to vote

1915: Women’s International League of for Peace and Freedom is established

1916: Jeanette Rankin is elected in Montana and becomes the first US congresswoman.

1918: Canadian and British women gain the right to vote.100 Years of Women’s History

1919: Lady Astor enters the British House of Commons.

1920: The United States of America gives women

the right to vote and the Treaty of Versailles guarantees women equal pay as males.

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1925: The first female US govenor is elected, Nellie Tayloe Ross, in Wyoming.

1928: Women compete for the first time in the olympics.

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1933: Franklin Roosevelt appoints Frances Perkins as Secretary of Labor and she becomes the first ever female cabinet member of the United States.

1945: Eleanor Roosevelt becomes the US delegate

for the United Nations and makes significant contribution to the Declaration of Human Rights.

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1946: Eleanor Roosevelt becomes Head of the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

1948: Women run and vote in the House of Representatives for the first time.

1949: French feminist, Simone de Beauvoir writes ‘The Second Sex’ which sparks the questioning of gender roles.

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1955: Rosa Parks sparks the black civil rights movement in the US.

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1964: The Civil Rights Act guarantees no discrimination on the basis of gender in employment.

1966: Indira Gandhi becomes India’s first female prime minister.

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1972: Education amendments in American ban sex discrimination in schools.

1973: Billie Jean King beats Bobby Rings in the ‘Battle-of-the-sexes’ tennis match.

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1975: The UN names 1975 the International Women’s Year

1979: Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female British Prime Minister.

1981: Sandra Day O’Connor is the first woman to join the Supreme Court

1993: Jane Reno becomes the first female Attorney General of the United States.

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1997: Madeleine Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State for the US.