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Domestic violence such as assault and rape was prevalent in postwar America. Married women were often abused by their husbands, and as recently as 1975, domestic violence and rape were both socially acceptable and legal, as women were considered their husband`s property. [107] Because of second-wave feminist activists and the local law enforcement agencies they worked with, three hundred shelters and forty-eight state coalitions were formed in 1982 to provide protection and services to women who had been abused in their lives by male figures. [108] Many of these changes are the result of laws and court proceedings promoted by women`s organizations. But many of the advances women made in the 1960s and 70s were personal: getting husbands to help with household chores or regularly take responsibility for family meals; receive a long-standing promotion to work; gain the financial and emotional strength to leave an abusive partner. Many feminists and historians trace the roots of the women`s liberation movement back to the New Left and the civil rights movement of the 1950s and early 1960s. The term “women`s lib” has mainly been used by opponents of the movement to downplay, belittle and make a joke about it. Choices should be chosen for practice that contain a lot of variety of thoughts and feelings and run smoothly. Both have sometimes been characterized as a threat to men, especially when movements use rhetoric about “struggle” and “revolution.” Although the feminist movement in America had already begun with the temperance movement, the first wave of feminism, known as the suffragette movement, began on July 19 and 20, 1848, at the first Convention on Women`s Rights in Seneca Falls, New York. The convention attracted more than 300 people, mostly white middle-class women. Sixty-eight women and thirty-two men signed the “Declaration of Sentiments,” which called for equal rights for women and men based on education, property rights, organizational leadership, the right to vote, and marital freedoms. [24] One of the first women to speak out on women`s rights and inequality was the French playwright Olympes de Gouges, who wrote the “Declaration of the Rights of Women” in 1791, as opposed to the “Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.” She said: “Women are born free and equal to men in law.

Social distinctions can only be based on mutual benefit” (De Gouges 1791). [15] Olympes used her words to urge women to speak out and take control of their rights. It showed the similarity between the duties as citizens of man and woman and the cohesion that arises when both sexes are considered equal. The second wave of feminism was largely successful, with the failure to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and Nixon`s veto of the Comprehensive Child Development Bill of 1972 (which would have created a multibillion-dollar national child care system) being the only major legislative defeats. Efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment continued. Ten states have adopted constitutions or constitutional amendments stipulating that equal rights cannot be denied before the law on the basis of sex, and most of these provisions reflect the general wording of the equal rights amendment. In addition, many women`s groups are still active and important political forces. In 2011, more women graduated with bachelor`s degrees than men,[38] half of the presidents of the Ivy League were women, the number of women in government and traditionally male-dominated fields increased significantly, and in 2009, the percentage of women in the U.S. workforce temporarily surpassed that of men. [39] The average salary of an American woman has also increased over time, although in 2008 it was only 77% of the average salary of a man, a phenomenon often referred to as the gender pay gap. [40] Whether this is due to discrimination is highly controversial, but economists and sociologists have proven it. [41] [42] [43] Parts of the racial justice movement at the time had begun to call themselves “Black Liberation.” The term “liberation” is compatible not only with independence from male oppression and domination for individual women, but also with solidarity among women who seek independence and collectively end women`s oppression.

Another initially absurd idea that came true: U.S. citizenship for women. The year 1998 marked the 150th anniversary of a women`s movement to achieve full civil rights in that country. Over the past seven generations, dramatic social and legal changes have been made that are now so accepted that they go unnoticed by the people whose lives they have completely changed. Many people who lived through the last decades of this process blithely accepted what happened. And young people, for the most part, find it hard to believe that life has ever been different. They take changes completely calmly, as life has always been. Although polls consistently show that a large majority of the population supports the ERA, it has been seen by many politicians as simply too controversial.

Historically, most, if not all, issues in the women`s rights movement were highly controversial when they were first raised. Allowing women to go to university? It would shrink their reproductive organs! Employ women in paid employment outside the home? It would destroy families! Voting in national elections? Why should they bother with such things? Sporting? No woman would ever want to sweat! These and other topics, which were once considered outrageous and unthinkable, are now accepted almost everywhere in this country. The second wave of feminism in the 1960s was called The Women`s Liberation Movement.

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