It’s been said that there has never been a batter time to be born female, but is this really true according to the modern society? Well, it depends. While many of the barriers to women’s equality lie in age-old and deeply rooted stereotypes and cultures, others are actually written in law. Can you believe that there are still countries in the world where women are forbidden to vote or drive? Despite of that, if we take the last century as an example, we can say women won some incredibly essential battles in the race for their equality with men.
Here are 10 Insane things women couldn’t do 100 years ago.
1. Women didn’t have right to wear pants
Yes, it may sound ridiculous and insane, but the official day women in France got the right to wear pants alongside with men was on February 1, 2013. Before that day, any woman who wanted to wear pants, had to get permission to do so from the police. Crazy enough to be true? Absolutely.
2. Right to vote
The question of women’s voting rights finally became an issue in the 19th century, and the struggle was particularly intense in Great Britain and the United States, but those countries were not the first to grant women the right to vote, at least not on a national basis. By the early years of the 20th century, women had won the right to vote in national elections in New Zealand (1893), Australia (1902), Finland (1906), and Norway(1913).
3. The right to use your last name after marriage
One of the first-ever woman who got an opportunity to keep her maiden name was Lucy Stone, the American suffragist and a very successful woman. Lucy got married in 1855, and it turned out her husband was a much more of a loser that she expected. While Lucy was building up her inheritance, her husband failed in investments and lost all his money.
4. The right to participate in the Olympic Games
The Olympic Games, which were founded again in 1894 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin as a celebration of virility, were reserved for male athletes only. According to his words, letting female athletes participate alongside with men would be uninteresting, unasthetic, impractical and indecent. Only four years later, the Olympic Games in Paris, 14 women participated in sports that were considered to be compatible with their feminity and fragility. Six women played tennis, and eight showed off their skills in golf.
5. Job rejection
When Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, employment discrimination on the basis of an individual’s race, religion, sex, national origin or color became illegal. Before that act employers all over the US were free to reject any woman’s job application based on the fact they’re not male. Insane? Absolutely.
6. Get a military career
Some women only see themselves as housewives, painters or musicians. What about those women dreaming of chasing a military career? It was impossible until 1976, when the first group of women were admitted into a U.S. military academy.
7. Use birth control
It was just five years after the pill was approved for use as contraceptive in 1960 that birth control became legal nationwide in the U. S.. Before 1965, it was illegal for women to taky any birth control pills. What was the reason? We can only guess.
8. Get a credit card
A woman wasn’t allowed to get a credit card without husband being with her at the bank. Until the Equal Credit Opportunity Act took its effect in 1974. We find this one of the most dumbest restrictions ever. And you?
9. Become a female astronaut
Who do you think should be thanked for the opportunity to travel to space being a female? Sally Ride. In 1978 she became the first female astronaut, and gave hope to every little girl who dreams of about space-travelling. Dreams come true.
10. Breastfeed in public
Probably, this is the second dumbest restriction in this list. Did the congressmen really thought it was too irrelevant and obscene to feed the babies? We may only guess.