The Oppression Of Women In The 1960's

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The 1960’s was an era marked by the oppression of not only African- Americans, but women as well. However, in response to these sexist standards, the ladies of the nation acquired an insubordinate attitude and resisted the misogynist culture through various methods including legal means and independent lifestyles. Sick and tired of the divergent treatment, they rallied together against a culture that plague the world for hundreds of centuries and thousands of years. Figurative battles in court plagued the United States as women both young and old fought for the commensurate treatment as men. A myriad of organizations were established as activists joined forces to take on the discrimination in multitudinous situations including the workplace …show more content…
Finding a man to marry and submit to was no longer mandatory as seen in the protagonist of the novel the bell jar, “I will never get married” (Esther). As they were slowly incorporated into the working domain usually dominated by men, women shifted their priorities from being child bearing and being a housewife to earning an education and making money own their own instead of depending on a husband and/or any other male figure to do it for them. Their independent lifestyles could also be seen in pop cultures including music. One of the most popular musicians of that time (and even today) Bob Dylan proclaimed “Come mothers and fathers…throughout the land…and don’t criticize…what you don’t understand…your sons and daughters…are beyond your command” The meaning behind it was the morals and values previously held by past generations are no longer held dear by the current generation. That the 1960’s youth were rebelling against the social norm and embracing change. Before then, boys were held on a higher pedestal then girls because they were considered stronger and more valuable. Females began to comprehend their significance as they accepted their identities fighting against the stigma that was attached to their sex for hundreds of centuries. “You were expecting me to be a man, so was my father.” (Mad Men season one, episode one.) In fact, women soon became more bold and outspoken when fighting against the maltreatment they faced, which can be identified in multiple forms of media including political cartoons; “We need to take down the fence now!” (Gender fence). This may be due to the fact that waiting for the men and politicians to give women equal treatment was in a way it was sort of paradoxical. They told women to be patient for it was “not that right time” then came with an excuse as to wait even longer, forcing women

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