11 Everyday Things Women Weren’t Allowed To Do In The ‘50s and ‘60s.


Thankfully though, we’ve come a long way and are actually seeing the line dividing duties and actions, being blurred. And although we have a long way to go, we’ve definitely come a long way as well! With that being said, here are 11 things that women were not allowed to do back in the 50’s and 60’s:

1. Have a bank account 

It sounds ridiculous, right? But a woman could only have a bank account if her husband’s name was on it. This changed when the Equal Credit Opportunity Act was introduced in 1974.

2. Be on the jury 

It eventually became illegal, but many states in the U.S. were opposed to having women serve on the jury.

3. Practice law

It didn’t happen till 1971 that women were allowed to fight a case on behalf of a client. They were allowed to go to school for law, but unfortunately, couldn’t put there education into practice.

4. Make use of birth control pills

There was very limited control over their own body until the 60’s when contraceptive was approved. But surprisingly, many states continued to ban it for the next few years.

5. Take maternity leave

It would be a pleasant surprise to have a woman working back in those times. But if they got pregnant, then they’d be forced to quit. This continued until the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed in 1978.

6. Breastfeed in public

Women faced discrimination for breastfeeding in public, until this discrimination became illegal.

7. Attend an Ivy League University

Popular institutions like Harvard, Yale and Princeton wouldn’t allow women to enrol until the late 60’s into the early 70’s.

8. Attend a Military Academy

West Point Academy didn’t admit women until 1976. 

9. Participate in the Boston Marathon

It was an all-male event until 1972.

10. Serve on the front lines

Everyone knows all the hard work women put into serving their countries in the military. But shockingly enough, they were allowed to serve in combat until 2013!

11. Become an astronaut.

 NASA wouldn’t hire women until Sally Ride was roped in, in 1978.

Did you find this list as surprising as we did? If so, share it with family and friends, and especially all the accomplished women in your life!

Article source: LittleThings.

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