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Women Until the 1860s, many states restricted or prevented women from owning property. A woman's right to  vote was not constitutionally protected until the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. It  was not until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 included sex on the list of characteristics that could not be  discriminated against (race, age, religion, and national origin are the others) that the door was  opened for a concerted campaign against gender discrimination.  The National Organization for Women (NOW) is an important force in the women's movement. It has  campaigned successfully for equal employment and pay and against sexual harassment. Although  the  Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)  failed ratification, the 1972 amendments to the Civil Rights Act  denied federal funding to public and private institutions that discriminated against women and  required equality of sports programs for men and women in schools. 
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