The years 1985 to 2001 are covered. Included: the Cherokee Nation's selection of Wilma Mankiller as its principal chief of the Cherokee; Oprah Winfrey's TV show; Amy Tan publishing “The Joy Luck Club”; the appointment of Madeleine Albright as U.S. secretary of state; Linda Alvarado winning the Horatio Alger Award.
The years 1959 to 1981 are covered. Included: Lorraine Hansberry's play “A Raisin in the Sun”; Betty Friedan; “Sesame Street”; Roe v. Wade; Nancy Lopez's 1978 LPGA championship; Sandra Day O'Connor becoming the first female Supreme Court justice.
The years 1936-56 are recalled. Included: Eleanor Roosevelt's influence as first lady; the surge of women into the workforce; black poet Gwendolyn Brooks receiving the Pulitzer Prize in 1950; the McCarthy era; Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala.; and tennis star Althea Gibson becoming the first black woman to win a Grand Slam event.
The years 1916 to 1935 are recalled. Included: the 1916 election of Jeannette Rankin, the first U.S. congresswoman; Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize for “The Age of Innocence” in 1920; the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote; and Amelia Earhart's 1932 solo flight across the Atlantic.