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Women in Government Documents: 1980-present

a quick look at resources relating to the history of women in the united states.

Women in Service

Starting Points

1981 First medical reports to describe Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
AIDS Posters [UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library] includes digital images of more than 600 posters from 44 countries. "Browse" the collection for United States posters.
In Their Own Words ...: NIH Researchers Recall the Early Years of AIDS [online]. [Bethesda, Md.: National Institutes of Health, 2001]. Available from:
See the transcripts of interviews with Ms. Barbara Fabian Baird, R.N., and Christine Grady, R.N., Ph

1982 The Equal Rights Amendment is defeated.
Leslie W. Gladstone's essay, The Long Road to Equality: What Women Won from the ERA Ratification Effort, is part of the Library of Congress guide, American Women.

1986 In Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, the Supreme Court recognizes that sexual harassment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

1992 Mae Jemison becomes the first woman of color to go into space.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the second female member of the Supreme Court.

1994 Violence Against Women Act of 1994

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