4.23 – Women’s Rights

In the first section of today’s class, I will discuss LBJ and the Great Society before we move on to covering the Women’s Rights movement(s) of the 1960s and 1970s.


FTR Readings 4.13.2017

L. Maren Wood, The Women’s Movement

Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (excerpt)

(Optional: Ashley Fetters, ‘4 Big Problems with the Feminine Mystique’)

PBS, Roe vs. Wade

History.com, Title IX

Discussion questions

In your view, how should one define feminism?

What were some of the economic factors that contributed to the rise of feminism in the 1960s?

What is N.O.W.?

Who were some of the major figures in the feminist movement? What were some of their major writings?

What were some of the feminist movement’s major goals, and what strategies did they use to pursue those goals?

What is the E.R.A.?

How did the feminist movement change over the course of the 1960s and early 1970s?

What were some of the major criticisms made of the feminist movement by conservatives?

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