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Many women work in crowded factories, such as this lock and drill department in Ohio in 1902.
 
  Mary Pickford is a popular actress of the silent screen. As the first major movie star, she is called “the World’s Sweetheart.”     This 1909 cartoon reflects the common debate over the women’s suffrage movement.  

Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing at the age of 19 months, is pictured with her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Anne taught Helen to speak, read, and write.
 
   
•  Women in Wisconsin win partial suffrage. (Before the turn of the century, women had won partial suffrage in more than 20 other states.)

•  Carrie Chapman Catt succeeds Susan B. Anthony as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
•  Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first airplane flight.
 
The Women’s Trade Union League is founded to help working women organize.
•  Helen Keller is the first deaf and blind woman to graduate from Radcliffe College.

•  Construction of the Panama Canal begins.
•  A law called the Sullivan Ordinance is passed in New York City, making it illegal for women to smoke in public.

•   Henry Ford introduces the first Model T.

•  International Women’s Day is celebrated for the first time.
 
*National and world events in red.
   
   
* Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics
Pictures: Library of Congress | Associated Press | Library of Congress | Associated Press |
   
 
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