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FIRST ISSUE OF MS. Founded in 1972, Ms. became the first national publication to advance women's rights. For 28 years and counting, it's championed the struggle for women's equality and celebrated women's new freedom. WOMEN'S STUDIES SYLLABUS The late 1960s marked the first time that colleges offered women's studies as an academic subject, underscoring the fact that history books traditionally excluded women's ideas, contributions, and experiences. ACT (TITLE VII) Women's rights were not considered civil rights in the U.S. until women successfully lobbied to include a provision against sexual discrimination in the Civil Rights of 1964.

U.N. CONFERENCES ON WOMEN These ever-growing and increasingly ambitious world conferences reflected the strength and vitality of the global women's movement. Ironically, the first conference, which was held in Mexico City in 1975, was attended mostly by men. The 1980 Copenhagen conference and the 1985 Nairobi summit both focused on increasing women' s leadership worldwide. The Beijing conference, held in 1995, was able to pull a whopping 50,000 participants to caucus on discrimination against women. The century also saw the rise of activist groups organized around ethnic and cultural identity, such as La Raza for Latina women and Women of All Red Nations (WARN) for Native American women.


OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL The 1900 Summer Games in Paris marked the first round of the female athlete's entrance into competitive sports. In the first Olympics to include women, only 12 women competed in just two sports, tennis and golf. At the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, some 4,200 women are expected to compete in the 118 events. TITLE IX The act broke the sweat barrier, scoring major points for girls in school sports programs by demanding government funding equal to the boys'. In 1971, only 1 in 27 girls participated in high school sports. By the end of the millenium, the ratio was 1 in 3.


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