The 13 most surprising things women couldn’t do 100 years ago

3. Open a bank account or apply for a loan

Women were also financially discriminated against and viewed by banks as a risky investment 50 years ago. It wasn’t until 1975 that women could open a bank account in their own name.

As recently as the mid-1970s, single women could not apply for a loan or credit card in their own name without their father’s signature, even if they earned more.

Working women were also denied mortgages in the 1970s unless they could secure the signature of a male guarantor.

A 2011 report by leftist think tank The Institute for Public Policy Research found evidence of discrimination against businesswomen by banks that persists into the 21st century. It also found an unlawful denial of fair access to mortgages because of pregnancy or maternity leave.

“It’s an image that seems to be based on stereotypes about women as the inevitable primary carers of children and second breadwinners, and that plays on discursive norms of undervaluing women,” it said.

4. They are denied service for spending their own money in a pub

Until the law was changed in 1982, women could also be refused service if they spent their own money in a pub.

“In the 1970s, women could be legally denied the right to drink alcohol unaccompanied,” notes the project The First 100 Years History.

5. Become an accountant or a lawyer

The Sex Discrimination Removal Act 1919 amended the law banning women from certain jobs on the basis of sex. It gave women access to the legal profession and bookkeeping for the first time, and meant they could also hold any civil or judicial offices and offices.

dr Ivy Williams was the first woman to be admitted to the Bar in England, in 1922, and the first woman to receive a doctorate in civil law from Oxford in 1923.

The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 made it illegal to discriminate against women in employment, education and training.

However, appallingly sexist ads objectifying women of the era underscore the derogatory attitudes toward women that still existed.

The Equality Act 2010 would eventually replace a number of different anti-discrimination laws.

It wasn’t until 2013 that a 200-year-old law banning women from wearing pants in Paris was finally repealed.

6. Have a right to equal pay

A strike by 187 female workers at a Ford car factory in Dagenham in 1968 is cited as instrumental in passing the Equal Pay Act 1970. The machinists left and went on strike for three weeks in protest at their male colleagues, who earned 15 percent more than them.

Former Labor MP Shirley Summerskill said women played a “very significant role in the history of the fight for equal pay”.

The Equal Pay (Amendment) Act 1983 allowed women to be paid the same wage as men for work of equal value. However, equal pay is still an issue today, with women losing nearly £140 billion a year due to the gender pay gap in 2018.

According to a 2017 World Economic Forum report, it could be another 100 years before the global gender equality gap completely disappears. In 2017, women effectively worked 51 days a year “for free” due to the gender pay gap. The 13 most surprising things women couldn’t do 100 years ago

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