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Civil Rights Amendments

Dec. 15, 1791. The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution -- The Bill of Rights -- went into effect after ratification by Virginia.


17 Photos of History's Most Rebellious Women

Susan B. Anthony, once caught voting before the 19th amendment passed, and was scolded. She insisted on being arrested, not wanting to be treated differently based on sex


Free information and lesson plans about what it took for women around the world to win the right to vote, with a special emphasis on how it happened in America.


February 1964: House of Representatives Passes Civil Rights Act, a landmark piece of legislation that outlawed all major forms of discrimination in the U.S. passed the House of Representatives: The Civil Rights Act of 1964. It would go on to pass the Senate in June and was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964.


Barbara Jordan (1936 – 1996) was a leader of the Civil rights movement and later became the first Black woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. Among other notable achievements, Jordan introduced legislature to extend the state ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment, and campaigned to include Native Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans when extending the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and supported the Community Reinvestment Act.


Fifty years ago today on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the American civil rights movement came to a violent and powerful climax in a day that would become known as "Bloody Sunday". Hundreds of predominately black protesters of all ages were attacked in broad daylight with tear gas, billy clubs and even whips by the Alabama National Guard and local law enforcement. They were subject to the violence for simply trying to exercise their First Amendment freedom in a march to shine a…


One of my favorite pictures is this photo of a young protester carrying a “girls are strong” sign. This photo was taken during an ERA march demanding equal rights for women in Tacoma, WA, 1982. Perhaps I like it because the girl seems to be skipping (or running) with a determined look on her face. With a sign that appears to have been written by her and a shirt stating “The ERA is for my future” she is, in some ways, a symbolic reminder that fighting for civil rights, whether it’s based on…


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