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Women's Rights Statistics
Beginning Middle End
Social
Women's Some intelligent and energetic Men increasingly dominated social
influence on married middleclass women work during and after the New Deal.
society. began to campaign to reduce
inequality and injustice.
This was generally seen as
socially acceptable.
Education. By 1900, half of high school
graduates were female.
However, women's education
was often seen as merely a
stage in their preparation for
marriage and motherhood.
Higher There was a general increase in Increasing numbers of women moved
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The percentage of white women who
supported feminists increased from 37% in
1970 to 72% in 1985.
The percentage of African American women
who supported feminists increased from 60%
in 1970 to 78% in 1985.
The percentage of men who supported
gender equality increased from 33% in 1972
to 40% in 1990.
Political
Voting rights. Women were denied the right to By 1918, 20 states had given women All women gained the right to vote.
vote in most states.…read more

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Nursing was seen as an men in professional occupations During the 1970s, only 4.8% of America's
occupations. extension of the female role increased by 40%. three million managers and executives were
rather than a profession. women.
The percentage of women in higher
education who wanted a career increased
from 21% in 1970 to 40% in 1980.
Female By 1996, women owned 7.7 million
business businesses in the US, employing around 15.5
owners. million people.
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Women's Social Rights ­ Federal Government Help/Hinder
Social Beginning (18651915) Middle (19151950) End (19501992)
right
Women's Impact: Impact: Impact:
influence Some intelligent and energetic Men increasingly dominated social
on society. married middleclass women work during and after the New
began to campaign to reduce Deal.
inequality and injustice. Evidence:
This was generally seen as
socially acceptable. Evidence:
The federal government started
prohibition in 1920 (
18th
Evidence: Amendment ) and ended
prohibition in 1933 (
21st
Amendment ).
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Abortion. Impact: Impact: Impact:
Abortions were illegal. Abortions were illegal in most Women gained the right to an abortion .
Some poorer women resorted states and illegal backstreet However, poorer women could not necessarily afford an
to illegal backstreet abortions abortions were still being carried abortion.
if they couldn't cope with out. In 1960, 292 legal abortions were reported, which
another child. In 1935, 89 legal abortions were increased to 193,000 by 1970, 1.03 million by 1975, 1.…read more

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Women's Political Rights ­ Federal Government Help/Hinder
Political Beginning (18651915) Middle (19151950) End (19501992)
right
Voting Impact: Impact: Impact:
rights. Women were denied the right to vote in All women gained the right to vote.
most states.
Evidence: Evidence:
Evidence: The 19th Amendment (1920) gave The Voting Rights Act (1965) outlawed
The
15th Amendment (1870) did not women the right to vote. methods of preventing citizens from voting
protect the right to vote for women. However, immigrant women who based on their race or gender.…read more

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Women's Economic Rights ­ Federal Government Help/Hinder
Economi Beginning (18651915) Middle (19151950) End (19501992)
c right
Total Impact: Impact: Impact:
number of By 1900, the number of female During the 1920s, the overall number From 1940 to 1960, the number of working
women in workers had tripled so that they now of women entering the workforce women doubled .
employment made up 17% of the total workforce. increased by 2 million, but these The percentage of women with a job
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Pay. Impact: Impact: Impact:
There were significant differences Wages of female workers remained By the mid1990s, young, educated women
between the pay of men and low compared to male workers. earned about 98% of men's rates of pay.
women. In 1939, a female teacher earned
By the late 1890s, immigrant female 20% less than her male counterpart.
factory workers had to work, on Female white collar workers were Evidence:
President Kennedy's Commission on the
average, 70 hours to earn just $5.…read more

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