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Women's Organizations

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1607


    Settlement of Jamestown

1614


   

Marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe

16191621


   

Virginia Company sends 250 women to Virginia to transform colony

1662


   

General Assembly declares children of enslaved women to be slaves

1676
    Bacon's Rebellion
1677
    Cockacoeske, queen of Pamunkey, signs peace treaty with Virginia
1699
    General Assembly restricts suffrage to adult white men

17761781


   

American Revolution

1778
    Hannah Lee Corbin declares that widows be allowed to vote and not be taxed without representation

1848


   

Woman's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, N.Y.

1856


   

Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union founded

18611865


   

American Civil War

1873


   

Comstock Act

1877


   

Virginia Married Women's Property Act

1889


   

Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities founded

1890


   

General Federation of Women's Clubs founded

1900


   

National Association of Colored Women founded

1903


   

First woman bank president in Virginia

1907


   

Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs founded

1908


   

Virginia State Federation of Colored Women's Clubs founded

1909


   

Equal Suffrage League of Virginia founded

19171918


   

World War I

1920


   

Nineteenth Amendment ratified

1920


   

League of Women Voters founded

1923


   

National Woman's Party proposes Equal Rights Amendment

1923


   

First women elected to Virginia House of Delegates

1924


   

Virginia Woman's Council of Legislative Chairmen of State Organizations founded

19411945


   

World War II

1950


   

General Assembly allows women serve on juries for first time

1952


   

General Assembly ratifies Nineteenth Amendment

1960


   

Birth control pill becomes available by prescription

1963


   

Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique

1964


   

Civil Rights Act

1965


   

Voting Rights Act

1966


   

National Organization for Women founded

1967


   

Loving v. Virginia legalizes interracial marriage

1972


   

Equal Rights Amendment submitted to States

1973


   

Roe v. Wade legalizes abortion

1979


   

First woman elected to Virginia Senate

19841985


   

Virginia Women's Cultural History Project

1989


   

First woman elected Attorney General of Virginia

1989


   

First woman elected to Supreme Court of Virginia

1992


   

First woman elected to House of Representatives from Virginia

1997
   

Women admitted to Virginia Military Institute