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How did the 1960s change the lives of women?
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The 1960s changed the way women lived in America in some very serious ways.
Perhaps the biggest change occurred with the invention of oral contraceptives ("The Pill"). For the first time, women could really be fairly well assured of having children only when they wanted to. By allowing women to do this, The Pill gave women much more control of their lives and much more in the way of of opportunities.
Another change was the growing acceptance of the idea of the equality of women and the idea that women should have the same sorts of opportunities as men. The publication of The Feminine Mystique in 1963 helped to push this idea along. During this decade women came to have more and more opportunities to get more education, to have jobs, and to generally be more involved in society.
Posted by pohnpei397 on May 16, 2011 at 9:20 AM (Answer #2)
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The 1960s was a decade of change and upheaval for women. Many women took advantage of the hormone birth-control Pill and began taking control of their reproductive capacity. In 1963 Betty Friedan wrote a book called The Feminine Mystique which basically questioned the cultural mores and norms associated with feminine culture. Vietnam took women closer into combat zones yet women were not "allowed" to fight or serve in a combat capacity. The sexual revolution that came as a result of the advent of the Pill caused many women to experiment with sexuality and the cultural prohibitions associated with sex and marriage.
Many career paths opened up to women that were not traditional careers for women. More women attended college and studied medicine, engineering and other "traditionally male" careers. Gone were the days of women being teachers or nurses.
More women became divorcees as a result of more social freedom and less social rejection if they decided to leave a bad marriage.
Posted by marilynn07 on May 16, 2011 at 9:23 AM (Answer #3)
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Posted by litteacher8 on June 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM (Answer #4)
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Betty Friedan, who published The Feminine mystique, was a liberal. She was at the head of an organization called Now, founded in 1966, that became more radical in the early seventies as it borrowed some of the themes that were typical of radical feminism.Even within the New Left (as opposed to the old marxist left), women were dissatisfied with the way they were treated by male activists and Robin Morgan, a radical feminist and a poet, for example, gave free rein to her grievances in an underground newspaper called The Rat in 1970. The article was entitled "Goodbye to all that", goodbye to humiliation, to male cocksureness and female docility, to sex and pornography as a weapon against sexual repression in mainstream America...etc, etc... The tactics used by those feminists were twofold: they organized sessions to raise women's consciousness called C.R that were intended for all women, whatever their class or colour, and used "guerilla theatre techniques" such as the boisterous intervention to express their disapproval of the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in 1968. They eventually gave up such tactics as there was too much criticism against them, too much violence involved. To sum up, through such dramatic actions, they sought to change women's mentalities, favour togetherness to help all women to fight against "shared oppression", to help them give precedence to the betterment of their condition over any other factor.
Posted by florine on February 4, 2012 at 12:28 AM (Answer #5)
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