23. Impact of post-WW2 up to 1960s (social change for women's civil rights in USA)

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  • Impact of post-WW2 up to 1960s (social change for women's civil rights in USA)
    • Cold War encouraged social conservatism
    • Extended period of prosperity and growth of suburban America tended to reinforce traditional attitudes and changes in rights tended to be focussed on AAs rather than on women
    • Comments from suburban women seem much closer to stifling conformity of post-1865 America than heir to changes of WW2
      • 'I get up at six I get my son dress and then give him breakfast. I wash the dishes and feed the baby. I get lunch and while the children sleep I sew or mend or iron. Then I cook supper for the family, and my husband watches TV while I do the dishes. After I get the children to bed, I d my hair and then I go to bed'.
    • More women going into higher education, more into professions, more taking leading part in civil rights movement, more using birth control
    • By early 1960s, reaction against disappointments of 1940s and 1950s and stage was set for what would be called 'New Feminism'
    • Once again, issue of women's rights and other issues in US society, particularly over AA rights, were linked, just as they were in 1850s and 1860s
    • Also, emerged some dynamic female leaders on a par with suffrage leaders and women who led temperance movement.
    • Most significant victory was not political one like suffrage issue but social one
      • Decision of Roe v. Wade (1973)


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