It was part of the British government’s plan to appease Hitler

The England soccer team give the Nazi salute before the start of their game against Germany at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, May 14, 1938. England defeated Germany 6–3. (AP)

Robinson had a Rosa Parks moment of his own long before he broke the race barrier in baseball

Still sporting a military uniform, Jackie Robinson signs a contract with the Montreal Royals minor league baseball club in 1945. (Bettmann Archive via Getty Images)

Nixon’s goons made Martha Mitchell the subject of a sexist smear campaign

Martha and John Mitchell in 1971. (Bettmann Archive via Getty Images)

“He had it coming,” her manager said, and her fans agreed

Lena Horne entertains a group of fans outside the Imperial Theater in New York, where she was performing in 1958. (AP)

In 1992, even with tremendous gains, Washington was overwhelmingly male

Rep. Patricia Schroeder leads a delegation of congresswomen from the House to the Senate on Capitol Hill to voice their concerns about the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, October 8, 1991. Accompanying Schroeder, from left, are Louise Slaughter, Barbara Boxer, Eleanor Holmes-Norton, Nita Lowey, Patsey Mink, and Jolene Unsoeld. (AP/Marcy Nighswander)

Rebecca Felton was a pawn in a sexist politician’s career move

Rebecca L. Felton after her swearing-in as the first United States woman senator in 1922. (Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

Harry Anslinger conflated drug use, race, and music to criminalize non-whiteness and create a prison-industrial complex

Narcotics Commissioner Harry J. Anslinger announces a series of raids in the nation’s big cities aimed at crippling the narcotics traffic in New York on Jan. 4, 1958. (AP)

Founded in the early 1970s, the Combahee River Collective spoke to the unique position of being black and female

“Women’s Liberation” meant addressing specific challenges for black women in the 1960s. (David Fenton/Getty Images)

Black feminists had to literally buy their way into the conversation

Anita Hill testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committeein 1991. (AP)

Laura Smith

Managing Editor @Timeline_Now. Bylines @nyt @slate @guardian @motherjones Based in Oakland. Nonfiction book, The Art of Vanishing (Penguin/Viking, 2018).

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