The Women’s Movement

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Key themes

  • Eleanor Roosevelt: President’s Commission on the Status of Women
  • Economic factors – technological advancements; dual incomes; changing nature of work
  • College education and expectations
  • The Contraceptive Pill (available from 1960; 1965 Griswold vs Conneticut; 1972 Eisenstadt vs Baird)
  • Betty Friedan – The Feminine Mystique, 1963
  • Equal Pay Act, 1963, made it illegal to pay different rates for same job
  • Civil Rights Act, made it illegal to discriminate on grounds of gender
  • National Organisation for Women (NOW) – Friedan as first president
  • NOW Bill of Rights
  • Women’s Liberation Movement
  • 1968 Miss America contest in Atlantic City
  • Abortion: Roe vs Wade, Supreme Court Verdict, 1973

Useful websites
A really good website on the women’s movement can be found here

Useful video on the Women’s movement 1960s-1970s

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