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What was the greatest milestone in women's rights?

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    Posted: 18 Aug 2014 at 22:41
Considering the article at http://www.crackedhistory.com/10-major-steps-forward-towards-womens-rights/ what do you think was the most important milestone in women's rights?  Thanks!
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Don't forget the negative milestones as well as the positive ones. I'd say the most significant negative one in the English-speaking world was the Norman conquest, which took most of women's rights away. The other negative move has been the introduction of 'non-medical' maternity leave, which has left employers loath to take on women of breeding age. Most countries also have totally inadequate equal opportunities legislation covering such matters as access to jobs and training and equal pay. The law is based on tort so a person who has not been wronged cannot make a complaint. There is no obligation on any employer to ensure that men and women are treated alike and to make an effort to ensure that every job at every grade is done by roughly equal numbers of men and women working the same hours for the same pay and promotion prospects. Hereditary titles are still often passed to the eldest son and no amount of daughters count. This may only affect a small number of families but the implications for family businesses, where wealth is passed on to the sons and not the daughters, are very important.

On a positive note I would suggest:

1. Universal suffrage;
2. Socialised medicine e.g., the introduction of National Health Insurance in the UK, which I think was in 1923 (my grandfather ran the scheme in Scotland);
3. The invention of sterilisation by tubal ligation (reliable birth control at low cost);
4. Free contraception;
5. Any law that makes it illegal for a woman to use her husband's surname, such as in Quebec or Italy. This should be the rule everywhere. Women are not their husbands' property and it's nobody's business but one's own whether one is married or to whom.
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1. Universal suffrage;

Recognition of women as equals was one of the most progressive moves made on behalf of women, but then it had to be granted by men, didn't it?

2. Socialised medicine e.g., the introduction of National Health Insurance in the UK, which I think was in 1923 (my grandfather ran the scheme in Scotland);

Socialised medicine didn't just benefit women but the entire community, with emphasis on the poor, but it was a major step forward.

3. The invention of sterilisation by tubal ligation (reliable birth control at low cost);

Surely a matter of convenience and permanence rather than a real necessity.

4. Free contraception;


5. Any law that makes it illegal for a woman to use her husband's surname, such as in Quebec or Italy. This should be the rule everywhere. Women are not their husbands' property and it's nobody's business but one's own whether one is married or to whom.

In Ethiopia, women retain their father and grandfathers names as their surnames, but when people who use this system migrate to English speaking countries where it is not common practice, it can lead to confusion in records, such as health records. But in these modern days when many young people are opting not to get married, the effect is the same, they retain their fathers family name.
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As the years go by, of course there are so many developments in women's rights. For me, it's the period where women were granted equal civil rights. When women were able to express their rights to vote, have the choice to use contraception, being protected by the marital rape law, and employment discrimination. Check out the blog of the 93-year old, Simone Klugman "A Woman Ahead of Her Time" and it's very inspiring how a powerful woman was able to change the lives of the majority of women for good. 
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