Britain Transformed

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  • Women
    • Matrimonial Causes Act 1937 allowed divorce if either partner had been unfaithful or desertion of over 3 years. by 1951 divorces rose to 38000.
      • Divorce reform Act 1969 made divorce easier for couples living apart.
      • in 1921 Dr. Marie Stopes founded the first birth control clinic in London.
        • Abortion Act 1967 was introduced by Liberal MP David Steel and it allowed legal termination up 28 weeks.
    • In 1966 only 21 women were successful in local elections.
      • Dagenham Strike in 1968 saw Sewing machinists at the Ford Motor Company striking for equal pay. this resulted in the 1920 Equal Pay Act.
      • Sheila Rowbotham organised a National Women's Conference in Oxford in 1970 which stimulated local protests.
        • The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 was set up to ensure fair employment practices.
      • The Equal Pay Act 1970 was passed however in many cases women still did not receive equal pay.

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