Women's Movement of 1960's

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The entire Women’s Movement in the United States has been quite extensive. It can be traced back to 1848, when the first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. After two days of discussions, 100 men and women signed the Declaration of Sentiments. Drafted by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, this document called for equal treatment of women and men under the law and voting rights for women. This gathering set the agenda for the rest of the Women’s Movement long ago (Imbornoni). Over the next 100 years, many women played a part in supporting equal treatment for women, most notably leading to the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which allowed women the right to vote. But when the “Women’s Movement,” …show more content…

Millions of women were enlightened to know it was not just themselves that were suffering discontent in their homes. This brought the women of America together and therefore initiated the Women’s Movement. With women’s issues out in the open and millions of women rallying together, optimism among females greatly increased in the 1960’s. They began to realize they did not have to be held to the “housewife” role as they had always been. More women went on to college to pursue higher education, and then hopefully an actual job in the workforce. The complacency that had clouded women for so long was slowly disappearing (Friedan, Feminine Mystique, 82). Finally, the Women’s Movement changed the lives of women today. If the determined women of the 1960’s wouldn’t have finally taken a stand against unequal treatment, we could easily still be in the midst of a women’s movement. One can see that today’s world is greatly different than the one of the sixties. Many more women are working outside the home, and in some families the father is a “stay-at-home” dad. Forty-five years ago, nobody would have even thought of that scenario! Women have taken advantage of the opportunity of jobs available in male-dominated fields, such as math, medicine, and politics. Dr. Condoleeza Rice is a great example, as she is a black female and has worked her way up to being the Secretary of State for the United States. She was ranked number one on Forbes’


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