The Women's Movement

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The Women’s movement was one of the most important movements in America during the 1960s and 1970s. Women were seen as inferior, playing a secondary role in America. Their place was limited to the stereotypical house wife image. They had very little freedom and rights. This influenced feminist leaders to take a stand and raise awareness among women who were living in a time of social injustice, gender discrimination and political inequalities with in their society.
A very well-known example of a liberal feminist was Betty Friedan. She was most recognized for her Feminine Mystique, published in 1963. This highlighted the gender discrimination among women. Ross (1993, pg 13)
“The problem lay buried, unspoken, for many years in the minds of
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She hoped that women would acknowledge this and break away from societies expectations of the ‘perfect’ women. Friedan’s book became exceptionally popular, especially women within the middle class. More women began to question their role in society and their contentment with their life styles. As this new perception of a liberalized woman began to spread, more women became involved with the Women’s Movement.
Betty Friedan also played a vital role in founding the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966, which is one of the biggest feminist organizations. She remained the president of this influential organization for almost 5 years. Now tackled issues such as; women abuse, economic injustice and fought for the right of abortions. It aimed to end all forms of discrimination against women, including political
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It was no longer a fight for domestic discrimination but a fight for political and economic justice. At the end of the 70s, the number of women taking part in the Women’s Movement amplified drastically, spreading this new found liberation all across the world. Thanks to Betty Friedan, the NOW organization has made a huge impact in raising awareness of gender discrimination and enforced the passing of laws all aiding in favor of women rights. Kate Millets Sexual Politics book was a huge success; it influenced many other women to gain political control such as Gloria Steinem’s, who became a spokeswoman for the Women’s Movement and the co-founder of Ms. Even the radical feminist, Valerie Solana was an influential character in raising awareness. Through her vulgar channels she captured the media’s attention and made society question her motive. This educated more people of the injustice women were facing. The women’s movement had a positive impact in America. Still today, more women and feminist leaders emerged to fight against gender discrimination in all its

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