In 1960, a women had to get her husband's permission to apply for a credit card. Fast-forward to 2008, and a woman was campaigning for presidency. The cataclysmic change that happened in less than 50 years was not a predesigned, natural progression—it happened because a generation of women smashed all expectations about the role of the American woman.
Gail Collins, the first female editorial page editor for the New York Times
, recounts the revolution in the lives of women in her book When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present. Meet five women who Collins says changed everything.