1990-1999 (Women)
Dr. Antonia Novello

Dr. Antonia Novello becomes the first woman and first Latina U.S. surgeon general.

Minnesota Supreme Court

Minnesota's Supreme Court becomes the first woman-majority state supreme court that was appointed and sat for a regular session.

Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is signed by President Clinton, enacted to provide job-protected leave to employees who need time off to care for themselves or their families.

Janet Reno

Janet Reno becomes the first woman U.S. attorney general.

Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act becomes law, changing the criminal justice system’s response to violence against women.

Linda Chavez-Thompson

Linda Chavez-Thompson is elected as the AFL-CIO’s Executive Vice President, becoming the first Latina elected to an executive office in the AFL-CIO.

Lt. Col. Eileen Collins

Lt. Col. Eileen Collins first woman pilot of a space shuttle.

U.S. v. Virginia Military School

Court rules that all-male military school has to admit women.

Madeline Albright

Madeline Albright is sworn in as the U.S. Secretary of State. She is the first woman in this position as well as the highest-ranking woman in the United States.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Supreme court rules that employers are liable for sexual harassment.

Lt. Col. Eileen Collins

Lt. Col. Eileen Collins first woman to command the entire space shuttle mission.

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina becomes the first woman to lead a fortune 500 company.