Women's Liberation

The call for full equality


Belief in political, social, and economic equality of men and women.


In 1960 the world of American women was limited in almost every respect from family life to the workplace.

Betty Friedan and her novel "Feminine Mystique" helped establish the Organization of Women, and was a great read for the movement.

In 1966 because the EEOC was unable to enforce the Civil Rights Act, 28 women formed the National Organization for Women (NOW). Betty Friedan was elected the first national president of the Organization at the founding conference held in Washington D.C.

The movement boomed in the 1970s, when groups attracted many members very quickly and attendance at national women's conventions jumped from over 400 in 1972, to over 2000 in 1975.

The 38 percent of American women who worked in 1960 were largely limited to jobs as teacher, nurse, or secretary. They now wanted more opportunities and to be treated the same as men in the workforce.

The feminist movement was not led by a single figure or group.

It was said that "The women's movement is non-hierarchical, it does things collectively and experimentally."


I have chosen this specific topic to display and teach how this movement for this time period has impacted our world today and back then. I would like to show that every human being is the same, no matter the sex or race. They should not be treated differently for those purposes. I chose my specific pictures in this newsletter to show how confident and dedicated women of the age were for their equality. These women wanted to show that they deserve their rights as a human being. These pictures show that they can unite and become one for the sacred cause that they are all striving for. Each picture has it's own way of doing so, such as, protest, motivational speeches, and inspirational books. Their actions have significantly impacted our world today.