While American women got the vote in 1920, it wasn't until 1974 that we were able to apply for credit cards and mortgages without a male co-signer. That's right, if you were a woman 40 years ago you had no way to get your own credit card or home without having a husband or male relative sign off.
Called the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, it enabled women to be able to apply for their own loans and their own credit cards. If you have a bank account in your name, a house, an apartment, a car or a credit card, you owe all of that to this Act. Prior to that, you could not have your own bank account, credit card or loan. You were also considered poison if you were a divorced woman.
As you can imagine, some shitbird Republicans were completely against the idea of it as well.
That was only forty years ago.