Century of Women's Progress Quilt Challenge, 1920-2020.

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(from left to right)

Labor leader and political organizer Dolores Huerta and US Senator Kamala Harris. Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers and was instrumental in gaining protections and better pay for farm laborers, including during the California grape boycott of the late 1960s. Harris serves as California's third female senator and previously served as California's first female Attorney General.

The iconic logo of Ms. Magazine, an American feminist magazine founded in 1971.

Luella Chin Louie, one of millions of American women who contributed their labor to the war effort during WWII. Luella worked as a machine operator at Alameda Naval Air Station in California.

A sign for the 2018 Women's March, held in 250 cities around the world. The sign references recent social and political movements #metoo and #timesup, driven by accounts shared online by women who have experienced sexual harassment and assault.

A women's suffrage parade held in New York City on May 6, 1912. Full suffrage for women in the US was not achieved until passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.

A button promoting the Equal Rights Amendment, a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. The Amendment passed the House of Representatives in 1971 and Senate in 1972 but failed to receive ratification from a sufficient number of states to take effect. Efforts to enact this Amendment continue to this day.


Mae Jemison, engineer, physician, and the first African American woman to travel in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992

The four women who have served on the US Supreme Court. From left: Sandra Day O’Connor (retired), and current justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Elena Kagan.

A campaign poster from the 1972 presidential bid by Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress, in 1968. In 1972, Chisholm became the first black candidate for a major party's nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Chisholm took no corporate donations and ran the campaign on a shoestring.

 
Women’s Social and Political Union members Annie Kelley (left) and Christabel Pankhurst holding a “Votes for Women” sign, circa 1908.