Since the 1960s, numerous accounts of advancement towards rights for women and African-Americans have been made. Before the 1960s, women were thought of nothing but wives and African-Americans were thought to be a lesser race. In the movie "The Help" they didn't even let the black people use the same toilet as them! People like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks helped pave the way for African-Americans. Women were given the right to vote in 1920, but they were still not seen as equals. (Sidenote: to this day women still make 75 cents to every dollar that men make). The invention of birth control gave women the right to choose between starting a family or getting an education and working. This was a big step because for centuries women did not attend college/university and went from high school to family.