Posted by in on August 26, 2014

Women’s rights and their money: a timeline from Cleopatra to Lilly Ledbetter

When did women get the right to inherit property and open bank accounts? How long did it take until women won the legal right to be served in UK pubs? Our timeline traces women’s financial rights from ancient societies to the present day.

Many modern women in the US and Europe never question their right to open a bank account, own property, or even buy wine or beer in a pub. These rights, however, were hard won: for much of history, and even up to 40 years ago, middle-class women were not allowed to handle money; even having a job was seen as a sign of financial desperation. In the latest addition to our Money and Feminism series, we trace the modern history of women and money.

Source: The Guardian

Date Published: 11/08/2014