Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to freedom and led more than 300 other slaves to their freedom, too. Harriet Tubman was acquainted with many of the social reformers and abolitionists of her time, and she spoke against slavery and for women's rights. Tubman died March 10, 1913.
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In 1990 President George H. W. Bush first declared March 10 to be Harriet Tubman Day; in 2003 New York State established the holiday.
Women first won the vote in the United States in 1920; the first woman member of the House of Representatives began a term in 1917, the first woman Senator served (briefly) in 1922, and the first woman governor took office in 1925. But that didn't open the floodgates to equal representation; in none of those offices do women represent even close to 50% of the officeholders today. Learn about the women who've been elected or appointed to these three important offices:
From its roots in labor history to support internationally through the United Nations, International Women's Day has been a time to reflect on women's rights: progress, changes needed and heroines who've helped inspire and work for women's rights. Read more: International Women's Day