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17 Photos of History's Most Rebellious Women

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Dec. 15, 1791. The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution -- The Bill of Rights -- went into effect after ratification by Virginia.

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Nullifying the Fugitive Slave Act. Before the Civil War, northerners (such as those who printed this poster in Boston) invoked their Tenth Amendment rights by refusing to abide by one of the most despicable laws in American history...

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Barbara Jordan (1936 – 1996) was a leader of the Civil rights movement and later became the first Black woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. Among other notable achievements, Jordan introduced legislature to extend the state ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment, and campaigned to include Native Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans when extending the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and supported the Community Reinvestment Act.

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February 1964: House of Representatives Passes Civil Rights Act, a landmark piece of legislation that outlawed all major forms of discrimination in the U.S. passed the House of Representatives: The Civil Rights Act of 1964. It would go on to pass the Senate in June and was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964.

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Rosa Parks: "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."