More Proof That History Isn’t Made Up Solely Of Old, Straight, White Men

Curated by
We’ve come a long way, baby — and still have so much further yet to go.



We know about milestones such as the end of slavery, a woman’s right to vote in America, and the Civil Rights Act. But did you know that as early as 1250, it was completely legal to be gay in Europe? Or that American women were eligible to be elected to office in 1788 even though they couldn’t vote themselves? And why does 1896’s Plessy v. Ferguson "separate but equal" ruling look so much like our federal Defense of Marriage Act?  

When it comes to where we’re going, it’s important to know where we’ve been.

Next bit of Upworthiness:

Flash Video Embed

This video is not supported by your device. Continue browsing to find other stuff you'll love!

Hi there, internet friend. We need to talk. You're using a painfully old web browser, and frankly, it's getting a little weird. It's not safe, and we want the best for you. We think it's time to upgrade.

Download Google Chrome, and try it for a week. Don't think about it, just do it. You'll thank us later.