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VIBRATOR Although nineteenth-century doctors used large, steam-powered vibrators to treat women's "hysteria," these handy devices later became a symbol of sexual pleasure. As the pursuit of the "big O" came to be seen as a woman's goddess-given right, women began to demand more from their partners. On the eve of the millenium, vibrators were illegal in two states, Georgia and Texas.


BREAST IMPLANTS This late-century innovation proved to be both a boon and a bust. For women who'd had breast cancer, implants provided a much-needed boost for their body image and self-esteem. But silicone breast implants are also suspected of causing serious health problems.

BUTTONS With their colorful slogans, you could wear your activism on your sleeve. "ERA Yes" refers to one of the biggest political setbacks of the century--the failure of the states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendments. In 1972, Shirley Chisholm ran in the Democratic presidential primaries, making her the first African American woman ever to enter a presidential candidate from a major party when she ran with Democrat Walter Mondale in 1984. Take Back the Night demonstrations to protest rape, violence against women, and unsafe streets became a symbol of women's activism--along with marches for issues like breast cancer and safeguarding reproductive rights. And Take Our Daughters to Work Day marked the rise of the girl's movement, whose mission was to call attention to the ways in which girls had been neglected. No longer, girls were saying, would they be taken for granted.

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