Equal Rights Does Not Have a Gender Essay

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World War II had effects on everyone but it changed women’s lives radically, which lead into the second wave of feminism known as the women’s movement of the 1960s through the 1970s. The women’s movement is a varied social movement because it covers women’s family, sexuality, and especially their work (History.com). At the peak of this movement in the 1960s women sought to use law and legislation to overturn political and economical inequality. The women’s movement was influential in getting rid of the discrimination and harassment issues that women faced on the job. With the role of women changing in the 1960’s, more women were entering the workforce and with that increasing the frustration of women regarding gender inequality in salary, improvement, and sexual harassment at work also increased (Walsh). Since women through the 1960s and 1970s were limited to “secretarial, coffee makers, and break room cleaners,” jobs, the majority of the women were getting degrees in business at junior colleges trying to better their career (Rumpff). While being interviewed Elta Rumpff states, “It didn’t matter if you had a degree you only had certain levels in that job.” “From their limited success in forming and joining labor unions and in organizing strikes during the 1840s to their failure to secure a minimum wage in the 1920s, women had vainly struggled to win equitable compensation for their labor. During World War II, in order to assure servicemen that temporary femininization of the workplace would not destroy the existing wage structure for them when they returned, the War Labor Board ruled that people whose production was substantially the same should have equal pay” (Langley and Fox 274). In the 1960s 1 out of 5 women with kids under 6 and nearly one fourth of women whose kids were over 16 held a paid job. However, these women’s pay was 60 percent of the male’s pay

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