An American woman needed her husband’s permission to open a bank account as recently as the 1960s

8 Rights Women Didnt Have a Century Ago …

Women’s rights are something we take for granted these days. Because it was all a long time ago that the suffragettes fought for the right to vote, wasn’t it? However, women’s rights still depend very much on where they live, and even some of the rights we take for granted were relatively recently achieved. Here are some of the women’s rights that have been accomplished over the last 100 years or so …


The right to vote has been one of the most important of all the women’s rights achieved over the last century. We might wonder at times whether it’s even worth voting, but let’s not forget that not so many generations back, women didn’t even have the option of choosing who would govern them. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so i… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

7 thoughts on “An American woman needed her husband’s permission to open a bank account as recently as the 1960s”

  1. DrVerryBerry

    In Ireland married woman weren’t allowed their own bank accounts until the 1980s.

    And they had to leave government jobs when they got married.

  2. Positivistdino

    My American mother’s passport was just my father’s passport with her in the photo and an extra page with her info.

  3. GrumpyOik

    When my wife and I got married in 1987, in South Africa, I had to sign to say she could have a library card in her married name.

    It was bizarre – she was an adult in the eyes of the law, had her own library card, but apparently, once married, couldn’t be trusted on her own.

    There were a couple of other things like that at that time – and thankfully they were all abandoned within a year.

    One positive was that if a woman worked for the civil service, and resigned within a short time of getting married, she was entitled to quite a good bonus (I seem to remember it was something like two months salary).

  4. LittleShiningLuma

    Women in France couldn’t open a bank account or work without the approval of their husband until 1965.

  5. Animallover4321

    I knew a woman she was a widow in the 60s with two teenage boys and she literally could not get a mortgage without a man(perfect credit but being a single mother just made it impossible). She eventually had settle for trusting a single guy she knew that would sign with her. It’s amazing how these stupid sexist actions lasted as long as they did.

  6. Mrmidhoratio

    We just left a major bank one year ago because I could get any info I needed at any time and my wife could not despite it being a joint account. When I called and asked if she is entitled to 100% equal access they said yes, but when she called for info they said no.

  7. mdm224

    Try the 70’s. My grandfather had to sign for my mom’s first credit card because she was unmarried. She was an adult.

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