Today in Feminist History: Protesters Demand End to Sex Discrimination in the Workforce (July 30, 1970)

“Effectively, what has happened is that our status as a minority group in the work force has not been reaffirmed. We’ve been excluded from the benefits of Order Four [which deals with affirmative action programs] especially when it covers recruitment. Directives concerning equal employment have been watered down, wording changed from ‘must’ to ‘should.’ There seems to be a lack of interest among government agencies to alleviate the discrimination problem for women.”

Today in Feminist History: President Kennedy Bans Sex Bias in Federal Service (July 24, 1962)

“I intend that the federal career service be maintained in every respect without discrimination and with equal opportunity for employment and advancement. The opinion of the Attorney General now enables me to direct you to take immediate steps so that hereafter appointment or promotion shall be made without regard to sex, except in unusual situations where such action has been found justified by the Civil Service Commission on the basis of objective and non-discriminatory standards.”

Today in Feminist History: A Win for Working Women (July 23, 1937)

This section has been fought by women’s groups since its passage, because it requires Federal agencies to fire those whose spouses are also employed by the Federal or D.C. governments when reductions in force need to be made. Since men tend to get promoted faster and higher than women, it’s husbands who almost always earn more than wives, so it’s the wife who winds up quitting if the couple must live on one salary.