The Women's Movement

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1. The goals of the Women’s movement were pretty straight forward and necessary. The Women’s movement has been taking place for many of centuries but what is known as “the first wave”, was not successful. During the 1960’s, women decided to finally take a stand and declare true equality for all women in America. They also felt it was time for a new movement toward a fully equal partnership of the sexes, as part of the world-wide revolution of human rights now taking place within and beyond our national borders. The purpose was to take action which would allow women into full participation with the mainstream of American society at the time. By doing this, women would be granted all the privileges and responsibilities that men during this time…show more content…
The movement was combined with many different movements that were taking place during the 1960’s. One was the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women which was created in the USA by the Kennedy administration. The movement, in 1963, documented discrimination against women in virtually every area of American life. Also in 1963, The Feminine Mystique, written by Betty Friedan, was published. The book had an immediate response from women and was extremely popular among American housewives. During her book, she conducted a survey regarding the graduating class of 1942 and Smith’s College. The survey revealed that that 89% of women regretted rushing into marriage and not putting their education to good use. By making these types of survey’s public for women across American to see, she made them think about the importance of being a woman and achieving their goals. It has been said that Friedan was the first person to allow women to talk about a problem that had been taking place for so many years. Many other different types of activists arose during this time, allowing the Women’s Movement to be successful. With combined efforts of different activists from this time, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, which made illegal employment discrimination on the basis of sex, along with race, religion, and national origin. Many magazines during this time portrayed being a housewife as exciting and creative and often featured articles on baking. Magazines had positive…show more content…
The Women’s Movement of the 1960’s, also known as the second wave, may not have been one-hundred percent successful but it made for a good start. This movement made publicly acceptable to talk about women's issues. Because of this movement, many women changed how they viewed themselves and the world around them. Because of organizations such as NOW, WEAL and PCSW, discrimination in the work place on the basis of sex was made

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