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Changes in the law pertaining to women can both reflect and foster changes in gender relations, which is what makes it so important. Since the emergence of the women's rights movement in the mid-19th century, there have been many changes in the laws affecting women—from giving women full property rights to recognizing their right to wear pants. Let’s look at some of the most significant ones now.

1. Property Ownership

One of the first steps toward equal rights for women in the US was the giving married women the right to own and manage property.

Before then, marriage meant giving absolutely everything to your husband. The 1848 New York Married Women's Property Act became a model for change nationwide.

2. The Right to Vote

After years of protests and petitions by the women's suffrage movement, in 1920 the 19th Amendment to the Constitution gave every woman throughout the United States the right to vote.

3. Jury Service

As Holly McCammon—women's right historian and sociology professor—states, it was not until the 1960s that all 50 states had laws allowing women to serve on juries, and in 1975 the Supreme Court ruled that gender-based discrimination in selecting jurors is unconstitutional. Thanks to this change, everyone now has the right to try to get out of jury duty.

4. Equal Rights

Congress passed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 as part of a series of initiatives aimed at ending racial discrimination in the US. Shortly before the final vote, women were also added as a protected group—a soon-to-be revolutionary amendment that prompted the unsuspecting male congressmen to joke about "ladies day in the House”.

5. Contraception

In 1916, nurse and women's health crusader Margaret Sanger was arrested in New York for distributing birth control devices. At that time, they were illegal under both state and federal law.

However, the legal right to purchase contraceptives was not established in the U.S. until 1965, when the Supreme Court's ruling in Griswold v. Connecticut established the right to privacy.

6. Abortion

Abortion had been legal in the US before the mid-nineteenth century. During that time, laws were passed against dangerous poisons used in the procedure.

In the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe Wade cited the right to privacy as grounds for placing a constitutional limit on anti-abortion laws.

7. Sexual Harrassment

For many years, a woman had no legal recourse against employers who pressured her for sexual favors in order to get or keep a job. That changed with a series of Supreme Court cases that started in 1975.

8. Maternity Leave

The rise of women in the workforce also called attention to the fact that the law allowed employers to fire women because they were pregnant or needed time to care for a newborn baby.

The 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act made this illegal, while the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 required that employers provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for both mothers and fathers.

9. The Right to Go Topless

In 1992, two women were arrested for public indecency and challenged a New York statute that allowed men to be shirtless in public but made it a criminal act for women.

The state's courts agreed that that the law was discriminatory, but not all of the other states have followed suit.

10. The Right to Wear Pants

Laws against wearing gender-inappropriate clothing have a long history going back to ancient times. Some survive to this day—except in France, where in early 2013 the government minister for women's rights nullified the two-hundred-year-old Paris law that required women to get police permission before wearing pants.

Can you believe that that happened in 2013? Amazing! Most people who consider all of these changes minimal. And they do protect women in some ways, though people’s attitudes may remain outdated. What further changes would you like to make to US law? What about in the Middle East?

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