Womens' Rights and Suffrage

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In the late 19th and early 20thcentury, women's rights focused mainly on women's suffrage, getting women the right to vote. Women gained the right to vote with the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. constitution.  Today women’s issues or feminism focuses on discrimination against women, reproductive freedom, and equal pay for equal work. 

Women Protection Laws

There are several laws that protect women from various forms of discrimination. Some of them are listed here:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

This among other things prohibits discrimination based on sex. This includes sexual harassment. It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act

(PDA) Pregnancy discrimination became illegal through an amendment to the Title VII of the civil rights act of 1964.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963

This law makes it illegal to pay different wages to men and women if they perform equal work in the same workplace.

These laws on discrimination against women are enforced by the EEOC.

Womens' Rights and Suffrage Legal Help

Consult an experience women's rights lawyer who specializes in civil rights law. These laws are enforced by the EEOC and can be complicated.  They can advise you on the strength or weakness of your case, give you information about what you need to prove and what timelines are important.