Women won two major legislative victories in the 1920s.
The first was the Sheppard-Townsend Act, passed in 1921 as a result of women’s lobbying efforts.
Under this law, the federal government funded public health clinics that provided care for mothers and their infants, before and after birth.
Some 3,000 clinics were set up and run mostly by women, but the program’s funding was cut off in 1929.
The second victory was the Cable Act in 1922. Before this law was passed, if an American-born woman married a foreigner, she automatically lost her U.S. citizenship.
Now a U.S. woman who married a foreigner could keep her citizenship, unless she married a foreigner who was not eligible for citizenship, such as an Asian.
Until 1931 American-born Asian women lost their citizenship if they married Asian men.