John Kennedy is elected President.
Eleanor Roosevelt, John
Kennedy, and the Election of 1960, a mini-edition from the Eleanor
Roosevelt Papers project, includes letters to and from Roosevelt,
excerpts from her "My Day" newspaper column, and audio from three JFK
The drug company G.D. Searle receives FDA approval to sell "the
Experience: The Pill [PBS] for a program transcript, timeline,
interviews with women, and much more.
Ackmann, Martha. 'The
Mercury 13': Training U.S. Women for Space
[Interview online]. Interviewed by Melissa Block. All Things Considered,
National Public Radio, 17 June 2003. Available
from: http://discover.npr.org/features/feature.jhtml?wfId=1301400. [8:19]
Peace Corps is established.
Digital Collection [Youngstown State University] includes interviews
with two women who were Peace Corps volunteers in the 1960s. Select "Peace
Corps" from the list of headings.
President John F. Kennedy establishes the President's Commission on
the Status of Women.
the Archives: Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson Addresses the
President's Commission on the Status of Women (1962) [Talking History,
27 January 2005]
Women Strike for Peace is founded.
The Triptych digital
collection includes over 100 images of Women Strike for Peace buttons from
the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.
National Farm Workers Association is formed.
Unsung of Civil Rights, a brief National Public Radio report on
Rachel Carson's Silent Spring is published.
Lear, Linda J. [Interview]
[online]. Interviewed by Dennis
Mihelick. Talking History, 15 April 1999. Available
Lear, author of Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature, talks about Carson's
life and work.
Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique is published.
Daniel Horowitz discusses his book,
Friedan and the Making of The Feminine Mystique, in a Talking
History interview [9 December 1999].
Bombing at a Birmingham church kills four African-American girls.
Listen to National Public Radio's segment, 16th
Street Baptist Church Bombing: Forty Years Later, Birmingham Still
Struggles with Violent Past.
Julia Child's public television program The French Chef began
on Boston's WGBH.
See Julia Child's
Kitchen at the Smithsonian.
Katharine Graham becomes president of the Washington Post.
Graham: A Life Remembered [National Public Radio]
Graham Remembered [Washington Post]
March on Washington
Listen to Joan Baez sing "We Shall Overcome" from the program 1963
March on Washington: 'We Shall Overcome'
The History and Context. The song begins about eight minutes into
the program. Another relevant program: 1963
March on Washington: 'Medgar Evers Ballad'
Ten Leaders and a Tribute to Women [WGBH Forum]
Vivian J. Malone and James A. Hood become the first African-Americans
to sustain enrollment at the University of Alabama.
Vivian Malone Jones is on the panel that discusses
Integrating the University of Alabama [WGBH Forum].
Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in public
accommodations and in employment.
Fannie Lou Hamer appears before
the credentials committee of the 1964
Democratic National Convention. She relates the difficulties that she
faced in registering to vote in Mississippi.
Listen to Hamer's Testimony
Before the Credentials Committee, Democratic National Convention, part
It Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches from American
The Civil Rights in
Mississippi Digital Archive includes an
audio enhanced transcript of an oral history
interview with Hamer.
Free Speech Movement at Berkeley
The Online Archive of California
includes hundreds of images that document the free speech movement. Many
of these photos include images of women (e.g., Joan Baez, Bettina
Aptheker recalls the period in an interview
(Bancroft Library) from 2001.
Blewen, John. Oh
Freedom Over Me [online]. Saint Paul, MN: Minnesota
Public Radio, 2000 [cited 18 June 2002]. Available
Listen to this engaging program about Freedom Summer. Topics include
activist strategies, freedom songs, and Fannie Lou Hamer. The site also
includes transcripts of selected interviews and a slideshow of
See Wednesdays in Mississippi: Civil
Rights as Women's Work
Griswold v. Connecticut
Listen to oral arguments from OYEZ.
Photojournalist Dickey Chapelle is killed while covering the Vietnam
War Photographs by Dickey Chapelle [Wisconsin Historical Society].
Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law
Voting Rights Act
Historical Documents: The Voting Rights Act
Black Women at Virginia Tech
Oral History Project
[online]. Blacksburg: Virginia Tech University Libraries, updated 1
September 1999 [cited 15 November 2000]. Available
National Organization for Women is established.
Part III of includes the text of numerous early NOW
Dare We Not Discriminate?, a Harvard Law School Forum (18 February
1966), includes speakers Betty Friedan, Mary I. Bunting, and Pauli Murray.
Diane Arbus' Identical Twins photograph.
Listen to Diane
Arbus' Identical Twins, part of National Public Radio's "Present at
the Creation" series.
In Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court rules that Virginia's
miscegenation statute is unconstitutional.
The online journal History Now
provides an overview of the case.
Construction Guides at the WTC, 1968-1971 (Lost & Found Sound,
National Public Radio; time: 21 minutes).
The Jeannette Rankin Brigade marches on Washington,
D.C. to protest the Vietnam War.
Rankin relates how the Jeannette
Rankin Brigade was formed in a oral
history interview (Suffragists Oral History Project, Regional Oral
History Office, Bancroft Library).
The Whole World Was
Watching: An Oral History of 1968
[online]. Providence, RI: Scholarly Technology Group, Brown University,
[1998- ]. Available from: http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/1968/.
Most of the interviewees at least touch upon civil rights. Naomi Craig, an
African American, discusses race relations and the assassination of Martin
Founding of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union (CWLU).
Learn more about the Chicago
Women's Liberation Union Herstory Project.
President Richard Nixon creates the Task Force on Women's Rights and
Responsibilities to recruit and train women for upper-level governmental
A Few Good
the Cause for Women in the U.S. Government, 1969-1974
[online]. University Park: University Libraries, The Pennsylvania State
University, 2003- [cited 11 March 2005]. Available
Roxcy Bolton successfully challenges "men only" sections in
Bolton, Pioneer Feminist [Florida Memory Project] includes an overview
of Bolton's work for women's rights, pro and con letters about the "men
only" lunch sections, photographs of Bolton, and lesson plans for grades
Stonewall Riots in New York City mark the starting point of the modern
gay rights movement.
Listen to the documentary Remembering
Stonewall from Sound Portraits (23:03 min.).
See the online exhibit, Stonewall
and Beyond: Lesbian and Gay Culture, from Columbia University
In addition to examining state and county topics for individual census
years and over time, researchers can generate maps of selected data.
[online]. Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami, 2004. Available
Includes a section on Gender
Linden-Ward, Blanche, and Carol Hurd Green. Changing the
Future: American Women in the 1960s. New York: Twayne, 1992.
Sigerman, Harriet, ed. The Columbia Documentary History of American
Women Since 1941. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.
American Women's History: A Timeline
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132