Grandma Was Forbidden To Do These Things - I Was Shocked When I Found Out Why
LifeAspire Staff 6/27/2016
You've come a long way, Baby! Right? Over 40 years ago, women were unable to do many things that are done today. Here is a quick blast to the past to see how times have changed.
So jump in the Way Back Machine for a trip to the '70s, the good ol' days that weren't actually so good for women. It wasn't that long ago -- The Brady Bunch episodes were being seen for the first time!
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Women Couldn't Graduate From Military Academies
Have a sister who is a proud service member? Well, it was only in 1976 that women were admitted into military academies. Other schools also had "no-girls-allowed'' rules. Harvard University didn't open its doors to women, no matter how good their grades were, until 1977.
Women Couldn't Serve On Juries
It took a 1975 Supreme Court decision to ensure that all women could be called for jury duty, even though it is a constitutional right to have a jury of your peers. Before then states like Louisiana and Florida would only call a woman for jury duty if she told them in advance that she wanted to serve.
Women Couldn't Have Their Own Credit Cards
If you were a single woman in the early 1970s, chances are you didn't have a credit card because banks followed a "no-man-no-credit-card'' policy. That didn't change until 1974 when federal legislation made it illegal for banks to refuse a credit card based on gender.
In fact, credit cards and the discrimination women faced in getting them, became a major rallying point in the '70s women's rights movement.
Women Couldn't Keep Their Jobs If They Were Pregnant
In a 7-2 ruling in 1973, the Supreme Court declared laws prohibiting abortion violated a woman's constitutional right to privacy. At the time, abortion was illegal in 30 states and women who wanted an abortion frequently had to travel to a different state to get the procedure.
Interestingly, only a year earlier, the Supreme Court made it legal for single women to get birth control. Before then, only married women could legally get the pill.
Women Could Not Legally Refuse To Have Sex With Their Husband
It wasn't until the mid-1970s that when a wife said no to sex, she had legal protection. Before then, a man could commit non-consensual sex as long as it involved his wife. The first time a man was convicted of spousal rape in the U.S. was 1979. Still, many legal loopholes remain. In South Carolina, for example, there must be evidence of excessive force before marital rape charges can be filed.
Times Have Changed
Plenty has changed in 40 years. There are more opportunities and legal protection for women, but there is still a long road ahead and times will continue to change.