So, since it is March and we are in love with badass women here at Revolution Studios, we figured we’d take a moment to pay homage to the hundreds of years worth of progression we, as women, have had to endure. To follow is a brief history and timeline of what women have battled.
When we say the words “Women’s History” just of the United States alone, are we aware of how much is encompassed? What do we really know about this progression? Are we aware this crusade for equality set sail much earlier than one would have expected and had little to no result until much later in the future? TBH, it seems like while there have been many advances for women, there have been an equal amount of setbacks. Additionally, it seems like they are mutually exclusive. When an advancement was made, something occurred to counter those efforts. But if there’s two things we know about women, it’s that we can hit the ground running and we always know how to bounce back….even in our highest stiletto. ;)
So let’s take it from the top of our nation’s birth: (and feel free to hate the intermittent commentary lol)
-1607: Jamestown is established in VA as the first colony
-1769: The first “structural” laws for our country are becoming defined. Thus ensuring that women are “through marriage one person with their husbands” Even going so far as to claim that a woman’s “very existence is suspended during the marriage and incorporated into her husband under whose wing and protection she performs everything.
Waaaaiiiittt a second??!!
**So let’s back up. No. 1, it took 158 years for anyone to even discuss property rights of men through MARRIAGE? (sn: secretly wondering which female “acted up” to begin this convo!!)
No. 2, just even the wording of the law is very scary and bizarre to me. Women were treated on the same level as houses, sofas or pets ????
Okay okay, moving on…..
-1851-Sojourner Truth, an emancipated slave, shows up at the Women’s Rights Convention and delivers her extremely moving speech entitled “Ain’t I A Woman”.
Her words are to follow:
“I want to say a few words about this matter. I am a woman's rights. I have as much muscle as any man, and can do as much work as any man. I have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed, and can any man do more than that? I have heard much about the sexes being equal. I can carry as much as any man, and can eat as much too, if I can get it. I am as strong as any man that is now. As for intellect, all I can say is, if a woman have a pint, and a man a quart – why can't she have her little pint full? You need not be afraid to give us our rights for fear we will take too much, – for we can't take more than our pint'll hold. The poor men seems to be all in confusion, and don't know what to do. Why children, if you have women's rights, give it to her and you will feel better. You will have your own rights, and they won't be so much trouble. I can't read, but I can hear. I have heard the Bible and have learned that Eve caused man to sin. Well, if woman upset the world, do give her a chance to set it right side up again. The Lady has spoken about Jesus, how he never spurned woman from him, and she was right. When Lazarus died, Mary and Martha came to him with faith and love and besought him to raise their brother. And Jesus wept and Lazarus came forth. And how came Jesus into the world? Through God who created him and the woman who bore him. Man, where was your part? But the women are coming up blessed be God and a few of the men are coming up with them. But man is in a tight place, the poor slave is on him, woman is coming on him, he is surely between a hawk and a buzzard…”
(SN: Wow! She nailed it!)
-1872- Susan B. Anthony is arrested for attempting to vote while at the same time Sojourner Truth shows up at a voting poll in Battle Creek, Michigan, demanding a ballot and she is turned away.
-1878- A Women’s Suffrage Amendment is introduced into the House of Representatives
-1919- The Women’s Suffrage Amendment is FINALLY passed through both houses and in…
-1920- WOMEN ARE GIVEN THEIR RIGHTS TO VOTE PER THE RATIFICATION OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT!!!
Now, one would think that this served as a diving board into a pool of opportunity for women everywhere. And while women have yet still struggled, the 19th Amendment served as a foundation for the beginning of the expansion of women’s liberties. From there, the story gets somewhat more “tellable”.
-1936- Women are given the right to choose to use medicinal birth control
-1938- Women are granted the same minimum wage rights as men with the passing of the Fair Labor Standards Act
-1947- Women are seen “fit” to serve on juries BUT are not given the right to serve on a jury but are able to choose whether or not they would like to
(Seems like decent progress, yes?? Well, with all good advances come notable setbacks.)
-1961- The US Supreme Court upholds rules set in place by Florida law that make it more unlikely for women to be chosen for jury selection because women are “still regarded as the center of the home and the family life.”
-1973- Roe v. Wade solidifies a women’s right “to choose”
-1981-Supreme Court rules that excluding women from the draft IS constitutional.
-1981- Supreme Court overturns state laws designating the husband as the “head and master” with PROPERTY RIGHTS to his wife.
Sadly, there is no funny Kimye pic to post here. That is simply heartbreaking. So many women were imprisoned and some even killed for their attempts at equality. To see that women have carried on in an attempt for fair treatment for over 200 years with minimal results rendered is devastating. And just to put this out there, how dare “they” grant rights to any people who are not legally viewed as 100% individuals. It just begs the question of what their untimely motives stemmed from. Additionally, it substantiates the claim that while women have made leaps from where we once were, we have many more mountains to move.
-March 12th, 1987- After petitioning Congress to establish a Women’s History month, on this day, it was passed and Women’s History Week was put into legislation. Since it was initially a week long, it declared that March 8th was International Women’s Day. Later it was determined that there was too much history and depth to the women’s movement and the week was expanded into a month long commemoration of what WAS.
For Revolution Studios, women's equality is as important as civil rights, LGBT or how about just HUMAN rights? We believe people are people and we ALL are deserving of respect and happiness. We believe in the concept that in order to never go back to what you once were, you must always remember where you came from.. So consider this is our tribute to the women who fought to let us be here today. What can we say? At Revolution Studios, we kinda have a thing for badass bitches that just won’t take “no” for an answer. ;)