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Why did women in Britain gain more independence in the 1960s and 1970s?

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Why did women in Britain gain more independence in the 1960s and 1970s? By Christina Sales Women were more independant. They gained this independence through a series of events, movements , behaviour and the changes in the society and world around them and most importantly personal choice. 'Swinging sixites' and seventies were just as the phrase describes use of drugs and alcohol was becoming more popular among young people, music was influencing everyone and deep messages were able to reach everyone around the world. Times was about having fun, relaxing and enjoying and finding a purpose in life. Fashion was a reflection of this carefree existance. ...read more.


Schools were still teaching Girls and Boys seperate subjects because of their sex and women were still found difficulty reach senior poistions. In 1975 The Sex Discrimination Act stopping discrimination in advertising, education and employment and the Equal Opportunities Commission was set up. In the same year the Employment Protection Act stopped a women from being fired because she was pregnant. But these only applied to the full time women worker. Women began the Womens Liberation Movement campaigning for Women's Rights and sexual equality. Feminists were setting new challenges for womens minds they burnt their bras and wearing plain baggy clothing in the name of freedom from comformity and the social rules. ...read more.


These ideas influenced women and girls alike. Acts were introduced for the protection and to aid in the struggle for gender equality. Women being abused by their husbands now could be protected by the courts by the Domestic Violence Act 1976. The Married Women's Property Act 1964 allowed women to retain half the money they saved from housekeeping. The Matrimonial Homes Act 1967 gave husbands and wives alike equal occupation of their home. Even though 1 in 10 marriages failed resulting in divorce womens contribution to housekeeping had to be taken into account when the family assests were drawn up by the lawyer. In politics women were still pursuing their goals, Barbara Castle was Minister for Employment and Productivity between 1964 and 1970. The National Housewives Register was made in 1960. ...read more.

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