When it comes to women and money, we've come a long way, baby.
And did you know that today marks an important date in that thorny history?
Fifty years ago—on June 10,1963—President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, the law which first got around to making it illegal to discriminate against women based on pay.
While we haven't quite reached parity yet (today a working woman still makes 77 cents on the dollar compared to a man), the law was a landmark achievement for women. And it's not the only shockingly recent development.
Imagine that being in debt might not have been possible for your mom, because she couldn't get a credit card in her name. However, she could legally lose her job if she were pregnant with you. And, no matter your gender, 401(k)s just plain didn't exist.
Fifty years ago it was a different financial landscape, to be sure. This slide show marks some key milestones along the path to women’s financial independence. Where do you think we'll be another 50 years from today?