October 18, 2019
NASA completed its first all-female spacewalk while replacing a power controller on the International Space Station
May 21, 2019
The Trust Nevada Women Act, SB 179, was signed by Governor Steve Sisolak, which made changes to existing abortion laws in Nevada including: decriminalizing abortion procedures, removing informed consent laws, and doctors no longer had to collect data about women getting abortions related to their marital status and age.
July 7, 2019
The US women's soccer team won the world cup and demanded equal pay, creating a big movement.
July 7, 2019
the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 24, the College Student Right to Access Act which requires public state universities to offer the abortion pill to female students at zero cost by January 1, 2023 and university clinics also have to set aside an additional $200,000 each to set up a student hotline to provide information to women seeking advice and assistance.
February 24, 2019
Period. End of Sentence. won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short a documentary about menstruation in India and the taboos around it.
June 24, 2018
In the summer of 2018, Saudi Arabian women finally gained the right to drive. Until June, Saudi Arabia was the only country that had prohibited women from driving motor vehicles. Lifting this driving ban unlocked countless new possibilities and freedoms for women in the country.
Women made significant advances in politics in the 2018 midterm elections. Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American woman elected to Congress. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, became the first 2 Muslim women to be elected, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex became the youngest congresswomen elected ever.
Chloe Kim became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal when she won gold in the women's snowboard at 17 years old.
October 15, 2017
Many people regard this day as the beginning of the spark for the #MeToo movement. A tweet from Alyssa Milano after news about Weinstein broke ignited the “Me, Too” movement. Milano’s tweet encouraged women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to post “Me, too” as a status to give a sense of the magnitude of the problem. Within the first 24 hours, tens of thousands of replies of “Me, too” had been posted.
August 22, 2017
On this day, the Indian Supreme court declared triple talaq as unconstitutional. The Islamic practice, which allowed men to easily divorce their wives by using the term Talaq thrice, was deemed unconstitutional on August 22, 2017. By doing this, the government allowed Muslim women to secure their basic rights in marriage.
March 10, 2017
Indian parliament allots paid maternity leave up to 26 weeks, a major step for a historically misogynistic country
October 19, 2016
A succession of femicides ignite mass demonstrations across Latin America under the slogan #NiUnaMenos ("not one less", regarding that not one more woman should lost to violence). Notably, in Argentina, tens of thousands take to the streets to express outrage over the fatal rape of a 16-year-old girl
July 26, 2016
Hillary Clinton makes history as the first woman presidential candidate to win the nomination of a major American political party
January 21, 2017
The Women’s marches became the largest single-day protest in US. history, at over 4 million marchers
May 21, 2016
Bolivia passed a law allowing its transsexual and transgender citizens to change their name, gender and photo to reflect their gender identity on official documents.
December 12, 2016
Women were finally granted suffrage in Saudi Arabia – This marks a huge step forward for women in the middle east with around 130,000 Saudi Arabian women registered to vote.
December 3, 2015
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces that all US military positions are open to women for the first time in American history. Until this point, women were not allowed to serve in around 10% of military posts, such as infantry, armor, reconnaissance, and some special operations units. This marks a move forward towards assigning military positions and leadership based on ability, not gender.
June 26, 2015
This Supreme Court case ruled that, under the equal protection and due process clauses of the fourteenth amendment, same-sex couples have the right to marry in any US state. Prior to this, only 36 states in the US legalized same-sex marriage, and this case marked a huge step forward for marriage equality.
December 10, 2014
Pakistani feminist and education advocate Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient for her critical role in the fight for every child to receive an education regardless of their gender.
August 23, 2014
Maryam Mirzakhani, professor of mathematics at Stanford University, is awarded math’s highest honor, the Fields Medal, for her work in the theory of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces.
February 10, 2014