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
Property rights include the legal rights to acquire, own, sell and transfer property, collect and keep rents, keep one's wages, make contracts and bring lawsuits. In history, a woman's property has often, but not always, been under the control of her father or, if she was married, her husband. Read more about the history of how women achieved basic property rights.