1960's Womens LiberationEdit
It was before the pill, women were denied basic rights and were judged for who they are/were. Then a movement fought with pride came along as the women thought they could have a say in the govenment.Edit
The Movement of Rebellion-Edit
As the early 1960's began an the invention and distribution of the oral contraceptive began, birth control. It opened a door in many ways, trapped lives by giving them the power to plan or avoid pregnancies. In addition , the civil rights movement forced the passage of new laws. In particular, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbade job discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national region. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission did little at first to enforce the part of the Title VII that applied to women, however. But in the 1966, at the Third Annual Conference on the status of women in Washington, D.C., a group of 28 women formed an organization to fight for womens rights. they called National Organization for Women (NOW). By the end of the year NOW had 300 members; by the end of the century it would have a half a million.
The Inside of the Movement-Edit
NOW began the change in discriminatory laws. Women began to seek freedom, respect and the right to an individual identity and fulfilled life. No longer satisfied to define themselves in terms of husbands and families, these women performed the most radical act of all: they began to talk to each other. Using a "consciousness raising" women began to meet and talking about their lives. As they talked they began to think that these personal problems can be solved only by changing society. This dea gave rise to the slogans of the 1960's womens liberation movement, "The Personal is Political".