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What were the main aims of the woman's rights movement in the 1960s and how much did they achieve?

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What were the main aims of the woman's rights movement in the 1960s and how much did they achieve? The women of the USA wanted to show men that they would no longer accept their status as the weaker/inferior sex. They were half the population and should be treated the same way as all of the men in their society. They wanted to be accepted as equals and to be given equal opportunities in life. They wanted employers to give jobs regardless of sex but on mere ability, a law called The 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed that outlawed the discrimination on the grounds of sex. ...read more.

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They wanted young girls to university and to make something of their lives(in 1950 there were a mere 721,000 women at universities in the USA and to show how much society was changing it had nearly doubled to 1.3 million, it was to keep doubling every ten years up until the present day) . In 1972 an Educational Amendment Act banned the discrimination within schools of the female sex and allowed them to learn the same curriculum so that they received the same opportunities as their male classmates. Teachers of the 1960s encouraged girls to pursue more ambitious and less stereotypical careers and not to simply accept cooking and cleaning as a way of life. ...read more.

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They wanted the right to have abortions, which was a very controversial right to want but they did receive it in 1973. Women now felt free and began to demand more rights though some were not upheld such as the Equal Rights Amendment and although there was more awareness of the lack of rights of women and the discrimination towards them there was little change in areas such as their salary which remained much the same throughout the 1950s, 1960s and the early 1970s. Also there remained a small number of women in Congress (24 ex 535) which reflected on the lack of change in men's (and some women's) opinions on this new revolution of female rights. Sources: Radley College Library The USA: A Divided Union? Modern America Frederick Moynan Remove 1 History 2003-01-14 ...read more.

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