Timeline of change
Key dates on the road to diversity
By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published March 18, 2007
The path to diversity is dotted with some key events including these:
President Kennedy signs executive order for equitable pay regardless of gender.
Beth Johnson is first woman elected to the Florida Senate.
Where it all began: President Lyndon B. Johnson shakes hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. after signing the Civil Rights Act.
Voting Rights Act is signed.
Thurgood Marshall is the first black justice on U.S. Supreme Court.
Gwen Cherry of Miami is first black woman elected to the Florida House.
Athalie Range is first black and first woman to head a Florida agency.
Joseph Hatchett is appointed the first black justice on the Florida Supreme Court.
Sandra Day O'Connor appointed first woman to U.S. Supreme Court.
Carrie Meek is first black woman elected to the Florida Senate.
Helen Popovich is first woman to become president of a public university in Florida - Florida Atlantic University.
Rosemary Barkett is appointed as first woman to Florida Supreme Court.
Adam Herbert is named the first black president of a major Florida university - University of North Florida.
The Americans with Disabilities Act is signed.
Janet Reno becomes first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general.
California voters approve Proposition 209, which banned the use of racial or gender preferences in public hiring, contracting and university education.
Gov. Jeb Bush eliminates race-based policies for college admissions and state contracts.
Ken Chenault becomes one of the first black CEOs of a Fortune 500 firm - American Express.
Mel Martinez becomes the first Cuban-American in U.S. Senate.