1960s Women's Struggles

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For centuries, women have demanded equal rights and to be free from discrimination. In this report I will take you through some of the struggles women faced during the 1960’s and 1970’s from the perspective of a couple of women’s liberation/activist groups and authors who worked to shape women’s freedoms. These groups, organizations and women realized that the only way women were going to get further ahead was to band together much as they had for the suffrage movement. In 1969 one of the first women’s liberation groups was formed called Redstockings. The Redstockings was a women’s activist group that had lived the discrimination and political struggles imposed on women by men. On July 7, 1969 they released their Manifesto. This document…show more content…
The first was the Harris Poll which stated “nine out of ten women believe that, if they do not change their status themselves, no one will change it for them.”2 This showed that the majority of women wanted equal rights and did not want to be discriminated against. The second important factor was the emphasis that the Alliance had on filling the gaps between existing organizations and supplementing other organization’s resources while not duplicating them. This showed how the Alliance wanted to bridge the gaps between smaller and existing organizations to ensure that they had a strong footing in getting equal rights for all women but yet not replacing those groups. The third important factor was the support, resources and assistance offered by the Alliance to help women overcome discrimination and to maximize their chances for change. This showed the dedication and support that the Alliance had and offered to get equal rights for all…show more content…
In her article, “Separate Spheres, Females Worlds, Women’s Place: The Rhetoric of Women’s History”4 she discussed the creation of spheres and how they came about. She identifies three spheres in her writings: the focus of identifying separate spheres as a central theme of women’s experience; the focus on introduced complexities and the possibilities of women’s culture; and the focus on both how the women’s sphere was “socially constructed both for and by women”4 and how women’s spheres affected and shaped men’s

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