How much impact did youth culture have on society in the years 1955-75?

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How much impact did youth culture have on society in the years 1955-75?
This particular period of time was very significant in terms of general changes in society given the post war baby boom, abolition of the death penalty, improved reproduction rights for women, peaks in the number of university attendees, sexual revolution which saw strident action towards female liberation and equality, an influx of immigrants from the Caribbean and South Asia, periods of economic booms and busts and new found openness of sex, sexuality, drug use and freedom of expression in fashion and music which was largely unprecedented. The question however is, how much influence did youth culture have on these issues and what has been the impact of the changes
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It lead to one observer, Nancy Mitford, who visited London to say that there has been a transformation of working class and the relative affluence means that certain styles are classless.
By the mid-1970s the government increased legalisation to give women more legal rights and protection, not only within the home but also in employment. Legalisation was not only passed because of this but was also to ensure equality between men and women. By this time attitudes towards working women had begun to change. Significantly, it was socially accepted for women to return to work after having children. Women continued education passed the compulsory school-leaving age (16) and there was a huge increase in the proportion of female students at British Universities. However in some areas of society there was very little change in attitudes towards women and sexual discrimination. For example Women’s magazines focused mainly on traditional gender issues such as fashion, dieting, romance and the family. In 197 The Sun newspaper used a nude model and this feature became Britain’s best-selling tabloid newspaper. Also in schools subjects such as cookery and typing were ‘girls’ subjects whilst physics, chemistry, woodwork and metalwork were ‘boys’ subjects. Also there were some social changes in attitudes towards women; most stereotypical attitudes

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