March 19, 2020
March is women’s history month, and we are proud and honored to celebrate some of the fantastic women that have graced our workplaces throughout history. Below are five historical facts about women in the workplace. We hope that they inspire you to continue to work towards equality in all industries.
Arabella Mansfield was the first ever female attorney in the United States. She was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1869, well before it was common for women to enter the legal field or to even seek professional degrees.
Women first began to enter the workforce in large numbers during WWII. Men were away fighting in our army and navy and therefore there was a shortage of laborers working domestically. This is when the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter rose to fame.
In 1962 discrimination based on sex became illegal in the workplace when President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. This is still our main piece of legislation preventing discrimination in the workplace.
A woman didn’t make it on to the Supreme Court until 1981 when Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in by President Reagan. She served on our nation’s highest court for more than 25 years.
In 2007, Nancy Pelosi became the first female speaker of the House. She retook that role in 2019 and is still serving currently. In recent years, women have broken strides in the political sphere and we look forward to even more advancement in the future.
Women have a rich and storied history within our workplace. They have faced discrimination, unfair treatment, and the fight for equality over several generations. We are proud to defend women’s rights each and every day, and hope that true equality will be accomplished and maintained within our lifetimes. Happy Women’s History Month!