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Discussing the History of Women in the Late 1960's and 1970's

Describe the status of women groups and how women were affected by the changes brought about during the 1960's and 1970's.

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The Women's Rights Movement:
Women's rights have been an issue for many years, but the 1960's brought a new resurgence to the cause with the advent of the feminist movement (Imbornoni, 2012). The first groups in the movement for women were mainly women's liberation groups that were comprised of civil rights movement members and students who were very radical in their ideas (Teasley, 2008). The Civil Rights Movement spurred women to a deeper commitment to the rights of equal treatment, equal education, and employment. These groups put their main focus on working toward equality between men and women in employment, education and the spousal roles of marriage. Another larger better organized group, known as Women's Rights groups, lobbied for the strengthened equal rights laws to be enforced (Teasley, 2008).

The National Organization for Women:
In 1966 the National Organization for Women (NOW) was formed to fight against sexual discrimination on every front (Teasley, 2008). Under the guidance of Betty Friedan the group became the largest women's rights groups in the country (The founding of NOW, 2011). They formed in October of 1966 with around 300 women, and produced their Statement of purpose to show their commitment to women all over the country (The founding of NOW, 2011). This was not the only group that formed during the late ...

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The history of women in the late 1960's and 1970's are discussed.