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A brief list of critical dates and events in the history of women working

  1869 Massachusetts Bureau of the Statistics of Labor established  
  1869 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony found the National American Woman Suffrage Association  
  1869 Lucy Stone forms the American Woman Suffrage Association  
  1873 Carroll Davidson Wright appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Bureau of Statistics of Labor  
  1873 Ladies' Home Companion published in Springfield, Ohio  
  1876 Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia.  
  1877 Women's Educational and Industrial Union established  
  1883 Ladies' Home Journal founded as a supplement to Tribune and Farmer  
  1884 Federal Bureau of Labor established  
  1885 Carroll Davidson Wright appointed United States Commissioner of Labor  
  1890 National Woman's Suffrage Association founded  
  1892 General Federation of Women's Clubs founded  
  1893 World's Columbian Exhibition, Chicago  
  1895 Woman's Home Companion published (formerly Ladies' Home Companion)  
  1900 International Ladies Garment Workers Union formed  
  1903 National Women's Trade Union League of America founded  
  1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis World's Fair)  
  1908 Muller v. State of Oregon Supreme Court Decision  
  1909–1910 Uprising of the 20,000: New York Shirtwaist workers strike  
  1910–1911 Chicago Garment Workers' Strike  
  1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire  
  1911 Intercollegiate Bureau of Occupations founded  
  1912 Lawrence Strike  
  1912 Preliminary Report of the New York Factory Investigating Commission  
  1913 United States Department of Labor established  
  1919 Bureau of Vocational Information and Vocational Adjustment Bureau established  
  1920 19th Amendment ratified  
  1920 Woman's Bureau of the US Department of Labor established (organized in 1918 as a war agency)