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The 2nd Wave of Feminism

November 29, 2010 in 1960s-1970s

The 2nd Wave of Feminism occurred in the 1960’s and 70’s. This Women’s Rights Narudžba Lovegre (online) s područja Hrvatske Movement occurred because of gender equality. “Second wave feminism rose out of the Civil Rights and anti-war movements in which women, disillusioned with their second-class status even in the activist environment of student politics, began to band together to contend against discrimination.” [1]  Some women began this second wave of feminism in response to President John F. Kennedy creating of the President’s Commission on Status of Women. Many activists believed the Commission’s findings supported only the nuclear family and emphasized preparing women for parenthood rather than any and all opportunities in life. [2] Women’s rights activists felt that this plan supported employment discrimination and unequal pay. In the 2nd wave of feminism women worked to bring about change and to stand up for themselves.

[1] “What do the terms 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wave Feminism mean?” Women’s Studies, Georgetown College, http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/Departments/ws/1st,_2nd,_3rd_wave.htm

[2] “The second wave of feminism,” Encyclopedia Britannica (online), http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/724633/feminism/216008/The-second-wave-of-feminism

1 response to The 2nd Wave of Feminism

  1. A great book to read more about this topic is by Alice Kessler-Harris, _In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America_ (Oxford University Press, 2001) – here’s a previous on GoogleBooks: http://books.google.com/books?id=_i16IYrc_LMC

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