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The mixed success of the women’s movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Introduction: factors that led to changing attitudes. Civil rights movement Women almost 50 per cent of workforce by 1960 Status Commission showed inequality in workplace, e.g. women earned 50–60 per cent of men’s wages

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introduction factors that led to changing attitudes
Introduction: factors that led to changing attitudes
  • Civil rights movement
  • Women almost 50 per cent of workforce by 1960
  • Status Commission showed inequality in workplace, e.g. women earned 50–60 per cent of men’s wages
  • New attitudes, e.g. The Feminine Mystique
  • Equal Pay Act, 1963
  • Civil Rights Act, 1964
the women s movement
The women’s movement

Positive achievements

  • Foundation of NOW, 1966
  • NOW membership 40,000 by early 1970s
  • Co-operation between women’s groups
  • Court cases led to $30 million back pay to women
women s lib
Positive achievements

‘Consciousness-raising’ groups

Bra burning

Protests against Miss World contest

Less positive factors

Concern that they were not taken seriously

Media interested for wrong reasons

‘Women’s Lib’
abortion
Why this was an issue

Abortion illegal in the USA

Feminists saw this as discrimination against women

How the right to abortion was secured

Estelle Grisworldcourt case, 1965

Roe vs Wade case, 1970–1973

Roe vs Wade case led to abortion becoming freely available

Abortion
opposition to feminism
The main arguments used by opponents of feminism

Feminists devalued the traditional role of women

Feminists denied the rights of the unborn child

Positive woman

Feminists had not improved economic conditions for women

The successes they had

Defeated ERA

Opposition to feminism
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