This Week in History


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) begins work

July 2, 1965

On July 2, 1965, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) commenced operations. The agency had been created to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited employment discrimination, including that based on sex, among covered employers, labor unions, and employment agencies.

The story of the early work of the EEOC and the first efforts of the National Organization for Women (NOW) to eliminate sex discrimination in employment are recounted in JWA’s online exhibit Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution by Sonia Pressman Fuentes, the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the EEOC.

See also: Ensuring the Promise of Opportunity, EEOC.

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