Timelines
Freedom From Discrimination

  • 1848
    First Women's Rights Convention Held

  • 1849
    Mass. School Segregation Challenged

  • 1857
    Court Holds Blacks Cannot Be Citizens

  • 1865
    Black Codes Limit Freedom Of Ex-Slaves

  • 1868
    14th Amendment Is Ratified

  • 1872
    Equal Pay For Equal Work

  • 1875
    Jim Crow Laws Enforce Segregation

  • 1920
    Women Win Right To Vote

  • 1948
    Desegregation Of Armed Forces Ordered

  • 1954
    School Segregation Struck Down

  • 1957
    Federal Troops Sent To Little Rock, Ark.
    Civil Rights Bill Passed

  • 1964
    Johnson Signs Civil Rights Act

  • 1973
    Women-Only Military Branches Eliminated

  • 1978
    University's Minority Quotas Struck Down
    Employment Discrimination Against Pregnant Women Banned

  • 2009
    Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Signed

  • 2013
    Defense of Marriage Act Struck Down

  • 2014
    Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal in 20 States and D.C.

  • 2015
    Same-Sex Marriage Declared Legal in All States
    Court Revives Bias Suit Over Head Scarf
    'Unintentional' Housing Discrimination Ruled Illegal