In a landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rules that segregation in schools is unconstitutional.
Anna and Howard Tate leave Stanley Home Products. Howard is appointed to the Tupperware staff.
Lavon and Bob Weber are promoted to a distributorship in Wichita, Kansas.
Sylvia Boyd starts selling Tupperware.
Tupperware holds the Wish Fairy Jubilee.
The Tupperware Wish Fairy appears on "The Steve Allen Show."
The Soviets launch a space satellite called Sputnik.
Brownie Wise is fired from Tupperware Home Parties, Inc. She launches Cinderella, a direct sales cosmetics company.
Tupperware holds its Full Sales Jubilee, with a pirate theme.
FBI director J. Edgar Hoover publishes Masters of Deceit: The Story of Communism in America and How to Fight It.
Earl Tupper sells Tupperware to the Rexall Drug and Chemical Company for $16 million and buys himself an island in Central America.
Jon and Sylvia Boyd are promoted to a distributorship in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy is elected president.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administation approves the birth control pill.
President Kennedy establishes a Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, and names former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt its chair.
President Kennedy announces he plans to put a man on the moon and return him to Earth before the end of the decade, and before the Soviets do.
Elsie Mortland helps bring Tupperware sales to Mexico and Guatemala.
Congress passes the Equal Pay Act, which prohibits sex-based wage discrimination between men and women in the same establishment who are performing under similar working conditions.
Betty Friedan publishes The Feminine Mystique.
The Mary Kay home party cosmetics company is started, modeled on the direct sales success of Tupperware.
President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
Elsie Mortland helps bring Tupperware sales to Hong Kong.
Li Walker brings Tupperware to the Phillipines.
The National Organization for Women is established.
The first issue of Ms. Magazine hits the newsstands.
Earl Tupper moves to Costa Rica.
Congress passes the Equal Rights Amendment and sends it to the states for ratification.
Congress passes the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
Congress amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination because of pregnancy.
The World Federation of Direct Selling Associations is formed.
Earl Tupper dies.
Sylvia Boyd is appointed to the Tupperware staff, becoming only the third female regional vice president in company history.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that sexual harassment is a form of illegal job discrimination.
Brownie Wise dies.
The Direct Selling Women's Association is formed.
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My American Experience
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