By 1980 more than half of all women had jobs outside the home, and by the mid-1990s women represented almost half of all workers.
In 1994 the U.S. Census Bureau predicted that 99 percent of all U.S. women would work for pay at some point in their lives.
In 1986 the Supreme Court ruled that sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and, because of that, is against the law. In 1992 the Supreme Court said that sexual harassment of students is also illegal.
By the mid-1990s women were earning slightly more than 70 cents for every dollar earned by men, compared with less than 60 cents in the early 1970s.
For women with Ph.D.s the rate was higher, but still less than 80 percent of what men earned.
The glass ceiling is an invisible barrier that prevents women and people of color from rising to top positions in corporations.
In 1991 the government set up a special commission to examine the glass ceiling. In 1995 this commission reported that white men held 95 percent of all top management positions.
Many women have become priests since 1980, and some have been ordained as some bishops in Protestant churches.
The Ms. Foundation for Women sponsored the first Take Our Daughters to Work Day in 1993 in the hopes of showing girls the variety of jobs women can do.