And while we're still fighting for equality, these were the norms for women back in the '20s:1. In 2010, the average age of for a woman to get married was 26.Back in 1920, the year the 19th Amendment was ratified, the average bride was just 21 years old. Women were having children at a much younger age, too.
This act made it illegal to deny a woman a credit card on the basis of gender. Meaning, a women basically couldn't refuse sex to her husband or legally fight back if he raped her. Women couldn't get an Ivy League education—with a few exceptions.
Even in the 1950s, the average age for the birth of a woman's first child was just 22.
That means that half of all American women were mothers before their 22nd birthday, and were therefore shuffled into a life of motherhood and homemaking before they had a chance to think about what wanted to do with their lives.3. It's no wonder that women were having children so much earlier—the pill wasn't approved by the FDA until 1960.
To order your report, visit or call 1-877-322-8228.
A number of federal agencies, including the FTC, share enforcement responsibility for the ECOA.