Until 1974, it was legal in all fifty states to rape one’s wife.
When Oregon became one of the first states to insist that a wife is not her husband’s property, there was a big fuss in the home of John and Greta Rideout. Greta warned John that the law was now on her side, and the next time it happened, she became the first woman to take her husband to court.
She lost. But when the trial was made into a 1980 CBS Movie of the Week, the story was told from her point of view, and she was the hero.