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1956 Althea Gibson

51.   … 1956 Althea Gibson When Althea Gibson won the French Open she became the first African American to win a tennis Grand Slam title. The next year, after she won Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals, she… …  

1956 The Ladder

52.   … 1956 The Ladder The Ladder was a monthly lesbian magazine published from 1956 to 1970. Its first editor, Phyllis Lyon, was a cofounder of the Daughters of Bilitis (est. 1955) and the magazine became… …  

1957 Odd Girl Out

53.   … 1957 Odd Girl Out Ann Bannon’s lesbian pulp fiction novel, Odd Girl Out, was the first in a series of books about lesbian love and relationships. The series, known as The Beebo Brinker Chronicles,… …  

1959 Barbie Doll

54.   … 1959 Barbie Doll The Barbie Doll was created by Ruth Handler. Over 350,000 Barbies were sold by the Mattel Company in 1959. The Ken Doll went on the market in 1961. The Barbie Doll has been… …  

1960 The Pill

55.   … 1960 The Pill The Pill, the popular name for the contraceptive pill Enovid 10 mg, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1960. Letter from Barbara Seaman to Senator Nelson on dangers of… …  

1962 Sex and the Single Girl

56.   … 1962 Sex and the Single Girl Helen Gurley Brown’s best-selling self-help book, Sex and the Single Girl, told women how to meet men, act sexy, succeed at work, handle money, entertain, dress, and have… …  

1962 Sherri Finkbine

57.   … 1962 Sherri Finkbine Sherri Finkbine, a married woman from Arizona, sought an abortion after discovering that the drug Thalidomide, which she had been taking, causes deformity in fetuses. She was… …  

1963 The Bell Jar

58.   … 1963 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar tells the story of a young woman’s struggle with depression and her feelings about women’s roles. Plath committed suicide… …  

1965 Cosmopolitan

59.   … 1965 Cosmopolitan When Helen Gurley Brown took over as editor of Cosmopolitan she recast it as a women’s magazine that emphasized sex, beauty, and careers. The “Cosmo girl” became a symbol of the… …  

1965 ECHO

60.   … 1965 ECHO Members of the Mattachine Society, Janus Society and Daughters of Bilitis formed ECHO, the East Coast Homophile Organizations, in 1963. Their first public action was to picket the White… …  

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1971 The Click! Moment

The idea of the “Click! moment” was coined by Jane O’Reilly. “The women in the group looked at her, looked at each other, and ... click! A moment of truth. The shock of recognition. Instant sisterhood... Those clicks are coming faster and faster. They were nearly audible last summer, which was a very angry summer for American women. Not redneck-angry from screaming because we are so frustrated and unfulfilled-angry, but clicking-things-into-place-angry, because we have suddenly and shockingly perceived the basic disorder in what has been believed to be the natural order of things.” Article, “The Housewife's Moment of Truth,” published in the first issue of Ms. Magazine and in New York Magazine. Republished in The Girl I Left Behind, by Jane O'Reilly (Macmillan, 1980). Jane O'Reilly papers, Schlesinger Library.