What other movements did the Civil Rights Movement influence?
The Civil Rights Movement had an impact on other movements working for equality. Women were concerned about the inequalities they faced. Pay for a woman was lower than it was for a man. Women struggled to break into male-dominated professions. During President Kennedy’s administration, the Equal Pay Act was signed. Women were appointed to important positions in his administration.
Hispanics fought for better treatment. The farm workers in California formed a union against the farm owners. They wanted to be recognized as a union. They also wanted better treatment including better pay and improved working conditions in the fields. Groups such as La Raza Unida worked to help Mexican-Americans get more access to financial institutions. The Bilingual Education Act was passed in 1968 helping bilingual students learn in their native language as they were learning English.
Native Americans also worked for better treatment. The Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 guaranteed that people who lived on reservations would have their rights protected. Local reservation law was also recognized.
The success of the Civil Rights Movement also helped other groups and movements achieve success.