Thousands March In First Women’s Strike For Equality

1970

In the first major demonstration of the women’s rights movement since the suffragist protests, thousands of women march in New York City and in cities across the nation in the first Women’s Strike for Equality. The National Organization for Women calls the strike to mark the 50th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification.

However, at the time of the protest, women still had not achieved equality with men in many areas, such as the workplace In many states, women could not get credit cards, make wills, or own property without a husband. Basic rights, such as serving on juries, were not given to women.