Women’s History Month: focus on 1970s [guess I’ll only get to the 80s]

1970—writer Joyce Carol Oates receives National Book Award for the novel Them.

1970—jockey Diana Crump is the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby.

1971—singer Carole King releases Tapestry. More than 10 million copies are sold in the United States.

1971—feminist writers Gloria Steinem and Letty Cottin Pogrebin become two of the founding editors of Ms. magazine.

1972—novelist/ short-story writer Eudora Welty wins Pulitzer Prize for The Optimist’s Daughter.

1972—Congress passes the Equal Rights Amendment [ERA].

1972—Title IX of the Education Amendments added to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

1974—tennis player Chris Evert wins the French Open and Wimbledon.

1977—actress Meryl Streep appears in her first film, Julia.

1977—Debbi Fields founds Mrs. Fields Cookies, Inc.


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