The Liberal Project continues, despite the efforts of the Far Right to unravel it. There are still some reasons to be cheerful. There’s a natural hair movement in Africa and beyond, only about 40 years after the last one. And we don’t lock up “mental defectives” for decades any more. (Some were released in the 70s after 30 years inside.) Tail docking and ear cropping in dogs are now banned in much of Europe and Australia. But not in North America, and many Americans think that’s what the dogs look like. Forty years ago women become pilots. (It had been suggested that periods would make them unreliable.)
And this doesn’t happen any more: When I started work in 70s, the old-timers still talked bitterly of 'gentleman's hours', when the toffs had swanned in & out as they pleased. (@PaulGibbens1)
In France, the 1920 Birth Law... criminalised dissemination of birth-control literature. That law, however, was annulled in 1967 by the Neuwirth Law, thus authorising contraception, which was followed in 1975 with the Veil Law. Women fought for reproductive rights and they helped end the nation's ban on birth control in 1965. In 1994, 5% of French women aged 20 to 49 who were at risk of unintended pregnancy did not use contraception... Contraception in the Republic of Ireland was illegal in the Irish Free State (later the Republic of Ireland) from 1935 until 1980, when it was legalised with restrictions, later loosened. In Italy women gained the right to access birth control information in 1970. (Wikipedia)
Record numbers of young people now have the chance to attend university; rates of crime, teenage pregnancy, and divorce are at 40 year lows. Even inequality, while a legitimate concern, has not increased dramatically since the mid 1990s. (Spectator)
1803 Toilet rolls invented.
1962 Elizabeth Lane appointed first female judge in the County Court.
1965 Elizabeth Lane appointed first female judge in the High Court.
1972 Rose Heilbron appointed first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey.
1982 France decriminalises homosexuality.
1986 Public Order Act makes it an offence to publish or distribute written material which may stir up racial hatred.
2016 The Church of England Synod votes to allow clergy to ditch the robes.
2016 A Parliamentary report says that firms can not impose a dress code on employees (short skirts, high heels).
Mar 2017 Beauty and the Beast to be shown in full in Malaysia after censors back down (the live-action film features a gay character).
2017 First woman in 1,000 years becomes full member of St Pauls Cathedral choir.
Feb 2017 Gohil, prince of Rajpipla, Gujarat, calls for homosexuality to be decriminalised in India.
2017 UK deaths on the road have halved in the last 15 years.
2017 From April, large firms must publish pay gap figures.
2017 Jan UK government pardons thousands of gay men for decades-old “offences”.
2017 FGM banned in Nigeria.
2017 Feb 24 Same-sex marriage legalised in Slovenia
2017 Men in Sheds (run by the U3A) goes unisex (The carpentry co-ops were set up to combat male loneliness and depression.)
2017 Irish Sexual Offences Bill stops the accused from cross-examining victims of sexual offences.
2017 Botox accepted as a migraine treatment in Scotland.
2017 Lloyd’s of London bans 9-5 drinking for employees.
2017 March Muirfield Golf Club says it will admit women.
Less than cheerful
The gender pay gap in the UK is narrowing – but not in the Civil Service.
Germany doesn't have marriage equality, you can't get an abortion after three months or without mandatory counselling.
Dissolution of monasteries robbed the poor of social security and health service. Not addressed until the 1601 Poor Law.
1876 A woman blacksmith is taken to court for “wearing men’s apparel”.
1945-74 British children sent abroad to abusive “homes”.
1967 London Stock Exchange voted against women brokers.
2012 Squatting becomes illegal.
2017 At the behest of the Russian Orthodox Church, Russia has legalised domestic violence. (So that parents can “discipline” their children. And wives can be beaten once a year. In Russia, a woman dies of domestic abuse every 40 minutes.)
2017 The Republic of Ireland's Sexual Offences Bill criminalises the purchase of sex.
2017, 29 March EU President Donald Tusk receives the UK's letter triggering Article 50.
More here, and links to the rest.