In 1913, american women couldn’t:
They won that right in 1920 when the 19th amendment passed. They could, however, hold public office. Susan Salter became the first female mayor in the U.S. when she ran for and won the mayorship of Argonia, Kansas in 1887. Women were elected to a state legislature for the first time in 1894 in the Colorado House of Representatives. The first female member of Congress, Jeanette Rankin, wasn’t elected until 1917.
Have a credit cards in their own names.
It wasn’t until the Equal Credit Opportunity Act passed in 1974 that card companies were no longer allowed to discriminate against potential card holders on the basis of sex.
Legally terminate a pregnancy.
That right arrived with Roe V. Wade in 1973.
Purchase the Pill.
It wasn’t FDA approved until 1960.
Access emergency contraception.
The FDA approved it in 1998.
Attend Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth or Columbia.
The only Ivy League schools to admit women before 1913 were Cornell, which admitted a woman in 1870, and UPenn, which opened its doors to female students 1876.
Apply to graduate school as a married woman.
At least if you were this woman. Harvard’s response to her application has to be seen to be believed.
Become an astronaut.
Granted, humans didn’t make it to space until 1961. “We have no existing program concerning women astronauts nor do we contemplate any such plan,” NASA allegedly replied to one woman’s 1962 query letter. NASA selected its first female astronaut candidates in 1979.
Become a supreme court justice.
There was no law barring women from SCOTUS, but no president appointed a female justice until Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981.