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United Farm Workers cofounder Dolores Huerta and a worker talk about their lawsuit, which alleges that hundreds of workers at a raspberry farm have been forced to work without pay.
Women In School
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  Creator of Ms. magazine and co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Gloria Steinem is a vocal crusader for women’s rights.     Billie Jean King watches her winning return in the “Battle of the Sexes” match. Her win is a bold statement for a whole generation of women.  
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An estimated 10,000 marchers descend on the capitol building in Springfield, Illinois, to demonstrate for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment..
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Charlie’s Angels represents a new kind of television show in which women play smart, tough detectives.
 
•  Labor organizer Dolores Huerta becomes vice president of the United Farm Workers, which she cofounded to help immigrant and migrant people.
 
•  Four students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University are killed by the National Guard.
•  The National Women’s Political Caucus is founded in Washington, D.C.
 
•  The 26th Amendment of the Constitution gives 18-year-olds the right to vote.
•  Congress passes Title IX of the Education Amendments Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex by public schools.
 
•  The ERA, which states that men and women should be treated equally by law, is passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. It falls three states short.
 
•  Gloria Steinem helps launch the first issue of Ms. magazine.
•  U.S. forces withdraw from Vietnam.
 
•  The U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade guarantees a woman’s right to abortion.
 
•  Tennis champion Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in a “Battle of the Sexes” match.
•  Richard Nixon resigns from the presidency following the Watergate scandal.
 
•  Little League baseball is opened to girls.
•  Women are admitted into U.S. military academies for the first time.
•  Almost 100,000 demonstrators march in Washington, D.C., in support of the ERA.
 
•  The Women’s Army Corps is dismantled as women are integrated into the U.S. Army.
•  Iran takes 63 U.S. citizens hostage.
 
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* Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics
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