The Civil Rights movement, feminist movement, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, segregation, discrimination, Brown v Board of Education, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, glass ceiling
After World War II, the Nuremburg laws that had segregated Jews from non-Jews were overturned. This progress contrasted heavily with the United States who, compared to the rest of the world, held on to archaic laws enacting the segregation of "colored" and non-colored people. This segregation continued for some time until it ended with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a victory that could not have been accomplished without the Civil Rights Movement.
[...] Friedan and other feminists organized the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966 which sought to assist in gaining equal access opportunities for women in business, politics, and education. NOW became more militant in its methods and helped organized the 1970 “Women's Strike for Equality” which had over 50,000 demonstrators in New York. NOW continued to fight for equal rights for women, equal pay, job opportunities, education, access to politics, and social issues. Social issues such as reproductive rights became big issues and had some major successes, such as the ruling of Roe v Wade in 1973 which legalized abortion. Despite progress, there were many setbacks. [...]
[...] With the organization of our neighborhoods and the school's children attend based on their neighborhood, segregation between people of color and whites is essentially still happening. A movement with similar aspirations of equality that are still yet to be fully realized is the feminist movement. Similar to the Civil Rights movement, the feminist movement gained momentum in a post-WWII U.S. During the war, men were leaving the U.S. in large numbers to fight as soldiers, which left women to pick up the jobs that they left behind. During this time, women experienced a sort of liberation from their typical gender roles as housewives. [...]
[...] They used the anti-communist movement as a tool to fight for the end of segregation and disfranchisement. The U.S. was heavily involved in fighting against communism and claimed to be fighting for democracy. The Civil Rights Movement pointed out that if the U.S. was so passionate about their great democracy and the fight for democracy abroad, then why did they treat black people as less than human? This put the U.S. political system in a bit of a bind. For a while, U.S. [...]
[...] Wade also gave rise to the anti-abortion movement which is still active to this day. An effort to establish a national child care system was vetoed by President Nixon. There was resistance towards women entering blue collar jobs and the “glass ceiling” found in corporate America is still in full effect. Even though all the goals of these movements have not been met, magnificent progress has still been made. The U.S. may not be fully equal, but it is a lot better than it was. [...]
[...] It became clear at this point that the Civil Rights movement would not go away. The Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964 but this did not quiet civil rights. Racial discrimination continued and many would argue that it continues to this day. Riots occurred, with the most substantial being the Watts riot of 1965. The riot began over the confrontation between racist and violent Los Angeles Police and the Watts residents. President Lyndon Johnson had to send the National Guard to stop the riot. [...]
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