women's movement

nicole wilkins

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explanation of women's movement

The goal of the women's movement was to let women have freedom, equal opportunity and control over their lives. They hope to achieve equality with job discrimination and equal pay. They need the help of the government to make it work. This movement is necessary so women and men will finally be treated equally.

key terms

Feminism is the belief that men and women should be equal politically, economically, and socially.

NOW is the National Organization for Women. In October 1966 group of about 30 women and men help the founding conference of NOW.

EEOC is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ruled in 1965 that gender segregated help wanted ads were legal.

main people or groups

Betty Friedan broke new ground by exploring the idea of women finding personal fulfilment outside their traditional roles. She also helped advance the women's rights movement as one of the founders of NOW.

Gloria Steinem drew attention to the problem facing women and fought for the ratification of the equal rights amendment.

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Betty Friedan (quote)

"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength"- Betty Friedan


In 1850 the first National Women's Right Convention took place in Worcester, Massuchuessets, attracting more than 1,000 participants. National conventions are held once a year except through 1860.

In 1896 The National Association of Colored Women is formed, bringing together more than 100 black women clubs.

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