Anna Mae McCabe Hays becomes the first woman general in the U.S. Army.
See the Hat
worn by Anna Mae McCabe Hays when she became the first woman general in
the U.S. Army, June 11, 1970, part of the Smithsonian's Legacies
Bella Abzug wins election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Women of Valor: Bella
Abzug exhibit from Jewish Women's Archive includes a wealth of
biographical information about Abzug, including a section on her Passionate
Disabled in Action, a grassroots disability rights group, is founded by
Judith Heumann in New York City.
Disability Rights and Independent
Living Movement includes transcipts (and
selected audio clips) from oral history interviews with Heumann and
in Action members.
Kent State University Shootings
Shootings: Oral Histories includes 69 oral histories related to the
4 Collection [Kent State University Libraries]
Talk of the Nation (4 May 2005) offers The
Kent State Shootings, 35 Years Later. Writer Philip Caputo returns
to Kent State 35 years after he covered the shootings there. The site also
includes an excerpt from Caputo's book, Thirteen Seconds.
Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter."
Coal Miner's Daughter is part of The NPR
100, National Public Radio's selection of the 100 most important
American musical works of the 20th century.
The audio clip includes an interview with Lynn and short clips from the
Anna Nieto Gomez, in the first issue of the Chicana
newspaper, Hijas de Cuauhtemoc, calls
for the elimination of sexism in Chicano families and in the Chicano
Feminists section of The Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive
State University, Long Beach] includes oral history interviews with
Nieto Gomez, additional activists in Hijas de Cuauhtemoc
(Corinne Sanchez, Leticia Hernandez and Sylvia Castillo), Yolanda Nava,
and Consuelo Nieto. Access note: the audio recordings of these
interviews will not be available until 2006.
New Ground - Reed v. Reed, 404 U.S. 71 (1971) [Supreme Court
The National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) is founded by Gloria
Steinem, Betty Friedan, and Bella Abzug.
Listen to a brief audio clip from Gloria
Steinem's address to the National Women's Political Caucus [History
The Equal Rights Amendment is passed by the Senate and submitted to the
states for ratification.
Rights Amendment [Florida Memory Project] includes four examples of
constituent letters for and against the ERA.
supporting Shirley Chisholm for president, 1972, part of the
Chisholm's 1972 Presidential Campaign [Jo Freeman]
Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972 bans
discrimination in most federally assisted educational programs.
in Sports includes a concise overview of Title IX, a timeline of Title
IX cases, federal and state legislation, and more.
Title IX: 25 Years of
Progress (U.S. Department of Education, 1997)
Frontiero v. Richardson Supreme Court decision.
Double Standard for Benefits - Frontiero v. Richardson from the
Supreme Court Historical Society.
In Roe v. Wade, the United States Supreme Court rules that women have a
right to abort a fetus during the first trimester of pregnancy.
OYEZ offers an
overview of the case, oral arguments (in Real Audio format), and a link to
the written opinions of the court.
Also see CNN's special report, Roe vs. Wade 25 Years
Listen to Barbara Jordan's Statement
at the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Hearings, part of
It Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches from American
Ella Grasso is elected governor of Connecticut. She becomes the first
woman in the United States to be elected governor without the benefit of a
husband's previous incumbency.
Digital Collections includes a few photographs of Ella Tambussi when
she attended Mount Holyoke, as well as a campaign flyer from 1972.
Ella Giovanna Oliva
(Tambussi) Grasso [Connecticut State Library] offers a biographical
profile and portrait of Grasso.
Lesbian Herstory Archives opens.
Jewish Women and the Feminist
Revolution [Jewish Women's Archive] includes a video clip of Joan
Nestle, co-founder of Lesbian Herstory Archives.
Paul Memorial March, Washington, D.C. 1977 [Jo Freeman]
'77, a companion site to the film about the National Women's
Conference in 1977.
The first home pregnancy tests start appearing on drug store shelves.
Blue Line: The History of the Pregnancy Test Kit [Office of NIH
History] includes an overview, a timeline of
pregnancy testing, examples of advertisements, and transcripts of interviews
with medical researchers Judith Vaitukaitis and Glenn Braunstein.
Overviews & General Sources
Slocum-Schaffer, Stephanie A. America in the
Seventies. Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2003.
Wandersee, Winifred. On the Move: American Women in the
1970s. New York: Twayne, 1988.
Adflip.com offers 6,000 print
advertisments published from 1940 to the present. Search by year or browse
Peterson, Kelsy. The Glory
of Woman: Prescriptive Literature in the
Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
[online]. Durham, NC: Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and
Culture, Duke University, 2003 [cited 21 November 2005]. Available
Researchers can browse this extensive, annotated bibliography by
Primary Source Documents
Documents from the
Women's Liberation Movement. Durham, N.C.: Special
Collections Library, Duke University, April 1997 [cited 6 March
1998]. Available from: http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/wlm/.
Cynthia, ed. American
Decades Primary Sources, 1970-1979. Detroit: Gale, 2004.
Historic Film / Television News
The Florida Memory Project
includes several video clips from the 1970s, including Their
Game is Golf, and Angela
Davis speaking at Florida A&M University's Black History Month
convocation in 1979.
The Ten O'Clock News
[online]. WGBH Educational Foundation, c2003.
The WGBH Media Archives and Preservation Center has preserved and
described 523 tapes from The Ten O'Clock News, WGBH's in-depth nightly
news program. Dating from 1974 to 1991, this collection focuses on news
stories relating to Boston's African American community.
Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to
1970. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1975.
Also available online in two parts: Part
1 and Part
Statistical Abstract of the United States [online]. Washington,
DC: Government Printing Office, 1879- .
A valuable online tool for locating historical statistics for a given
The U.S. Census Bureau offers documents from the 1970
Census and the
[online]. Arlington: University of Texas, c2002. Available
This collection includes transcripts and audio clips from 77 oral history
interviews, including 21 interviews with women. Many of
these women discuss their lives during the 1970s.
See the Public Opinion section for
citations to print and electronic sources.
The database America: History & Life offers a simple option
for limiting a search for articles and other sources to a specific time
period. If you are searching for articles that cover the 1970s,
enter 1970d in the "Time Period" row of the search screen. See Searching
America: History & Life by Time Period for an example using another
American Women Through Time
Ken Middleton |
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library |
Murfreesboro, TN 37132