Essay about The Women's Movement

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The Women’s Movement The women’s rights movement was a huge turning point for women because they had succeeded in the altering of their status as a group and changing their lives of countless men and women. Gender, Ideology, and Historical Change: Explaining the Women’s Movement was a great chapter because it explained and analyzed the change and causes of the women’s movement. Elaine Tyler May’s essay, Cold War Ideology and the Rise of Feminism and Women’s Liberation and Sixties Radicalism by Alice Echols both gave important but different opinions and ideas about the women’s movement. Also, the primary sources reflect a number of economic, cultural, political, and demographic influences on the women’s movement. This chapter …show more content…
Women’s discontent with their place in America in the 1960s was produced by a broad range of causes. The number of woman being drawn into the paid labor force, as the service sector of the economy expanded and rising consumer aspirations fueled the desire of many families for a second income. By 1960, 30.5 percent of all wives worked for wages. Women’s increasing labor force participation was facilitated as well by the growing number of women graduating from college and the introduction of the birth control pill in 1960. Despite the fact that women’s “place” was increasingly in the paid work force, ideas about women’s proper role in American society were quite conventional throughout the fifties and early sixties. According to Echols, the women’s liberation movement might not have developed at all as an organized force for social change. The climate of protest encourage women, even those not directly involved in the black movement and the New Left, to question conventional gender arrangements (Echols, 310-311). Echols states that given the internal contradictions and shortcomings of sixties radicalism, the repressiveness of the federal government in the late sixties and early seventies, and changing economic conditions in the United States, it is not surprising that the movements built by radicals in the sixties either no longer exist or do so only in

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