British Women's Gain of Independece in 1960's and 1970's Essay

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British Women's Gain of Independece in 1960's and 1970's

At the end of the 1950's women still had many disadvantages to men in almost all areas of life, and they were not equal. The man was still seen as the main earner for the family. Although after the Second World War progress had been made in employment and women were able to get jobs,

they were very much secondary to men.

At the beginning of the 1960's there was a huge boom in popular culture which was accounted for by the huge amount of young people as a product of the 'baby boom'. Businesses were thriving as they were beginning to cash in on the huge teenage market. There was new teenage music and clothing and along with them came
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The hippies also introduced a sexual revolution; the 1960's was the decade that saw the arrival of the pill. Aids was not a threat and so there were no constraints. From 1967 the pill was available from Family Planning Clinics and free on the NHS in 1974. I believe that the pill was one of the most major steps towards women gaining equality with men as it now meant that women had control over when they got pregnant. This was so important as it enabled women to plan their families around their careers and this opened up far more opportunities for them. Women now had the option to no longer be suppressed by raising children and could further their careers. The 1975 Social Security Act also helped women gain more independence as it introduced the right for women who stayed at home with their children to receive a pension.

Although the pill was seen as a huge step towards equality for women, because of side effects it meant that doctors were then given the right to make it prescription only. This meant that women had now lost some of their control over contraception. However it was still a major step forward as women could now plan their careers, families and their lives.

In 1970 the Equal Pay Act was passed which meant that women had to be paid the same amount as men for doing the same jobs. However, even in this there were still loopholes. Business owners could

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