After World War 2, women’s roles had changed. Women, once objectified now were machine operators, mechanics, steel workers and most importantly independent of men. They would never go back to only being housewives again. The second wave of feminism was started in part by the publication of a book. This book titled “The Feminist Mystique” was penned by Betty Friedan and opened the eyes of many educated and oppressed women. (Linda Napikoski,2015) Betty herself was a mother of three, from a privileged upper middle class, the book examined the fact that women had no choice but to be tied to a household or mindless factory job. Even the fortunate women who did have access to better jobs chose to turn their back on their own development and simply …show more content…
Women were for the first time offered safe and inexpensive contraception. This enabled woman to have some sexual freedom without having to endure multiple pregnancies and even worse illegal and unsafe abortions (Linda Napikoski,2015).
In 1961 Women strike for peace was founded and this gave a mouthpiece to the opinions women had surrounding the United States involvement in the Southeast Asia war and the possession and use of nuclear weapons. Women all united 50 000 in total to protest peacefully and be noticed and heard (Linda Napikoski,2015).
Many laws were promulgated around this time, one of the more important laws being the equal pay act of 1963, and the Title VII signed in 1964 which prohibited discrimination based on sex. This law was enforced on private employers, employment agencies and unions. Now it was actually against the law to pay a woman, doing the same job as a male counterpart, less wages (Ulgi