women's rights http://kmuw.org en Another Piece of the Civil Rights Fight http://kmuw.org/post/another-piece-civil-rights-fight <p>On June 19th 1964, the Senate passed the Civil Rights Act, breaking the 83-day filibuster by Southern Democrats. While this act is recognized as a groundbreaking piece of civil rights legislation for African Americans, it also held the key to future civil rights advancements and protections for women.</p><p>Two days before the final vote, Representative Howard W. Smith, a powerful Democrat from Virginia, added <em>sex</em> as a protected class to Title VII, a section that prohibits discrimination by employers. Historians have been wondering about his motivations ever since.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robin Henry 36024 at http://kmuw.org Another Piece of the Civil Rights Fight Past and Present: Enacting Women's Suffrage http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-enacting-womens-suffrage <p></p><p>On August 18, 1920, Tennessee approved the 19th Amendment, providing the final ratification necessary to enact women’s suffrage. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Robin Henry 21942 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: Enacting Women's Suffrage Past and Present: Rights Won, Rights Lost http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-rights-won-rights-lost <p></p><p>March is often a time to think about women’s contributions, and how far women have come toward equality. However, it is also important to consider moments when women have lost rights. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Robin Henry 13695 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: Rights Won, Rights Lost