2000-2009 (Women)
Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman Speaker of the House.

Kolstad v. American Dental Associationn

Kolstad v. American Dental Association Supreme Court rules that women can sue for punitive damages for sex discrimination.

Condoleeza Rice

Condoleeza Rice becomes the first African-American, female Secretary of State.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin, first Republican female candidate for Vice-President.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman to become a leading candidate for a presidential nomination.

Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act

Allows victims of pay discrimination to file a complaint with the government within 180 days of last payment.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama becomes the first African-American first lady of the United States.

Record Number of Women Public Servants

In the 111th Congress, a record 17 women serve in the Senate and 73 women serve in the House of Representatives, for 90 total seats or 17% of the 535 seats in Congress.

Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State

In 2009, Clinton is sworn in as secretary of state, becoming the first former first lady to serve in a president’s Cabinet.