Civil Rights Movements In The 1960's

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During the 1960’s, the United States went through a time period known as the Civil Rights Movement. During this time, many ethnic, racial, and religious groups rebelled against the discrimination against them and fought for the equal rights they deserve. Through these civil rights movements, many groups have secured the invaluable rights that they now have today. In the past, women, Hispanics, and LGBT students have fought against discrimination by their own respective civil rights movements, but they are still fighting for them today. One problem women have faced since the 1950’s was unfair pay. Before World War II, women were expected to stay at home and take care of the family. During the war however, many women had to work in the workplace…show more content…
is equal job opportunities. In the 1960’s many Hispanics were migrant farm works, people who move from state to state to provide the labor needed to cultivate crops. They were among the most exploited workers in the world. They resorted to this because it was very difficult for them to succeed by other means in American society. The United Farm Workers (UFW) along with Cesar Chavez tried to help the farm workers gain more pay, and better working conditions. They resorted to being farm workers because they could not find any work anyplace else due to discrimination against their race. Some protests did help bring about the Title XII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, or color. This was a major law that helped Hispanics get better job opportunities. Today, Hispanics are still often discriminated against in the workplace. According to Global Legal Resources, “studies have found that nearly three in ten Hispanic workers feel they have been discriminate against in their employment ... in many organizations, there is an scarcity of Hispanics, Latinos, and Hispanics Americans in management positions” (Martinez, Valdes 1). Mexicans are still being discriminated when it comes to job…show more content…
The LBGT movement started in the 1960’s during the start of the counterculture. Young people, or hippies, promoted peace and freedom, and had freer attitudes towards sexual relationships. Their new views on sexual conduct, which rejected many traditional restrictions on behavior, were labeled “the sexual revolution”. This revolution was not successful because of their passive protesting. They did not protest in large rallies, and were considered by many to be “silent”, which is why LGBT teenagers are still be targeted. According to CBS news, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, and Justin Aaburg committed suicide in response to bullying. Professionals say, “The ideological battle comes on the heels of new research, which suggests that, the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people is severely compromised by bullying and harassment they receive in school” (Katz 1). In TIMES, Chris Colfer said, “speaking out against the epidemic of bullying that he too faced in high school” (Agron 114). Bullying because of being a LGBT is still a huge problem in the United States. Women have fought against unfair pay in the workplace since the 1960’s and they have made progress. Right now they are still behind the men, but within a generation, women are expected to outearn men. Hispanics have also faced discrimination in their employment. They have made some progress, however, it is still an issue at large today.
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