Women's Movements of the 1920s _ 1960s

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movements of
the 1920s and
  the 1960s
 Paige Z.            Ahap KLM
 Horace Greeley HS   Chappaqua, NY
How does the women’s
  movement of the
 1920s compare with
     the women’s
  movement of the
Historically, women have been
considered intellectually inferior to
They were seen as major sources of
temptation and evil.
Women were also considered
naturally weaker than men
  “Woman is the gate of
the devil, the path of
wickedness, the sting of
the serpent, in a word a
perilous object.”
         -- St. Jerome, a 4th-c
            Latin father of the
            Christian church
These women challenged traditional
American values.
 Characteristics of a Flapper:
    Short, bobbed hair
    Short hems on their skirts
    Listened to Jazz music
    Wore makeup
    Drank hard liquor
    Smoked cigarettes
    Treating sex in a more casual manner
    Were opposed to the conventional social
     and sexual norms
19 th        Amendment
“The right of citizens of the United
 States to vote shall not be denied or
 abridged by the United States or by
     any State on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce
      this article by appropriate

It was ratified on August 18th, 1920.
       Alice Paul
She was the head
of National
Women’s Party.
Felt that the 19th
Amendment wasn’t
 Pushed for an
  Equal Rights
  Amendment to be
  added to the

                     January 11th, 1885- July 9th, 1977
The Equal Rights
Amendment (ERA)
   “Men and women shall have equal
rights throughout the United States
and every place subject to its
 It was first introduced to Congress in
 Made all forms of discrimination based
  on sex illegal.
 Never passed in Congress.
 Margaret Sanger
In 1921, she founded the
American Birth Control
League (ABCL)
 Today known as Planned
In 1923, she established
the Clinical Research
 The first legal birth
  control clinic in the U.S.
Women were then able to
control their own bodies.
This movement educated
women about existing
birth control methods.
A 1936, a Supreme Court
decision declassified
birth control information
as obscene.
   “Woman was created to be
man's helpmeet, but her unique
role is in conception . . . since
for other purposes men would
be better assisted by other

            --Thomas Aquinas, 13th
              century Christian
Adkins v. Children’s
  Hospital 1923
The Supreme Court decided that a
minimum wage for women violated the
right to freedom of contract.

                   William Howard Taft was the
                           Chief Justice
Women’s Bureau of the
Department of Labor

In 1920, the Women's Bureau of the
Department of Labor was established
to gather information about the
situation of women at work, and to
advocate for changes it found were
Many suffragists became actively
involved with lobbying for legislation to
protect women workers from abuse and
unsafe conditions.
“Pink Collared” Jobs
 Gave women a
 taste of the work
 Low paying service
 Made less money
 than men did doing
 the same jobs.
  Examples of jobs:
      Secretaries
      Teachers
      Telephone
      Nurses
“Pink Collared” Jobs
 Women were confined
 to traditional
 “feminine” fields in
 the work force.
 The “new professional
 women” was the most
 vivid and widely
 publicized image in the
  But in reality, most
   middle class married
   women remained at
   home to care for
   their children.
   1928 Olympics
These were the first
Olympics that women
were allowed to
compete in.
There were many
arguments about
these actions.
 Some argued that it
  was historically
  inappropriate since       The 1928 Dutch Women’s
  women did not          Gymnastics team. They won the
  compete in ancient      gold medal in the group event.
  Greek Olympics.
 Others said that
  physical competition
  was “injurious” to
By 1928, women were
earning 39% of the
college degrees given
in the United States.
It had risen from the
original 19% it was at
the beginning of the
 Example:
      In 1926, Sarah
       Lawrence College
       was founded as an
       all girls school
The Women's Rights
Movement of the 1960s
was a second wave of
The women's movement
of the 1960s drew
inspiration from the
civil rights movement
It was made up of
members of the middle
It was also caused by
the sexual revolution of
the 1960s
 Sparked by the
  development of the       Martin Luther King Jr. giving his
  birth-control pill in       "I Have A Dream“, 1963
Background Cont
Sexual assault and domestic violence
became central targets of women's
The crime of rape begins to increase in
 Rape is sex without consent, both legally and
Susan Brownmiller's book, Against Her
Will, examines the history of rape
Feminists work to create domestic
violence shelters and rape crisis hotlines
National Organization
  for Women (NOW)

Founded in 1966.
Founded by a group of
people, including Betty
Friedan, and Rev. Pauli
 The first African-
  American woman
  Episcopal priest.
Betty Friedan became
the organization's
first president.
        NOW           (con’t.)
The goal of NOW is to bring about
equality for all women.
They campaigned to gain passage of the
ERA amendment at the state level.
Issues NOW deals with:
 works to eliminate discrimination and
  harassment in the workplace, schools, and
  the justice system.
 secure abortion, birth control and
  reproductive rights for all women
 end all forms of violence against women
 eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia
 promote equality and justice in society.
  Rachel Carson
                         May 27th, 1907-
Wrote the                April 14th, 1964
controversial book,
Silent Spring
It says that
pesticides are
destroying wildlife
and endangering

                      May 27th, 1907- April 14th, 1964
  Betty Friedan
Wrote the book,
Feminine Mystique in
In her book, she
depicted the roles of
women in industrial
   She focused most of
    her attention on the
    housewife role of
She referred to the
problem of gender
roles as "the problem
without a name".
The book became a
bestseller and was the
cause for the second
wave of feminism in        Feb. 4th, 1921- Feb. 4th, 2006
the 60s.
The problem that has no name–
which is simply the fact that
American women are kept from
growing to their full human
capacities–is taking a far greater
toll on the physical and mental
health of our country than any
known disease.
                   -- Betty Friedan
Shirley Chisholm

                        November 30, 1924 to
                          January 1, 2005

 In 1968 Shirley Chisholm of New York
 was the first black woman elected to
 the House of Representatives.
First national Commission
 on the Status of Women

President Kennedy
established the first
national Commission
on the Status of
Women in 1961.
In 1963 the commission issued a
report detailing employment
discrimination, unequal pay, legal
inequality, and insufficient support
services for working women.
Equal Pay Act 1963
 It is the first federal law prohibiting sexual
 In 1963 the average female worker’s wages in
 the United States were equivalent to 58.9 %
 of the average male worker’s earnings.
 It abolished wage differences based on sex.
   “No employer having employees subject to any
    provisions of this section [section 206 of title
    29 of the United States Code] shall
    discriminate, within any establishment in which
    such employees are employed, between
    employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to
    employees in such establishment at a rate less
    than the rate at which he pays wages to
    employees of the opposite sex in such
    establishment for equal work on jobs…”
                             -- Equal Pay Act
      The Civil Rights
          Act of 1964
Passed in 1964.
It banned discrimination on the basis of color, race,
national origin, religion, or sex.
Section VII set up the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to enforce the act.
Presidential Executive
     Order 11246
 It was signed by President Lyndon B.
 Johnson on September 24th, 1965
 It prohibited bias against women in hiring
 by federal government contractors.
 “…Prohibits federal contractors and
 federally assisted construction
 contractors and subcontractors, who do
 over $10,000 in Government business in
 one year from discriminating in
 employment decisions on the basis of
 race, color, religion, sex, or national
   Griswold v.
Connecticut (1965)
Estelle Griswold was
the executive director
of Planned Parenthood
The case involved a
Connecticut law that
prohibited the use of
Ruled that the
Constitution protected
a right to privacy.
Found that Connecticut   Chief Justice
should allow married     Earl Warren
couples to use birth     (top), Estelle
control.                 Griswold (right)
The End
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