Women in Britain

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What were the negatives of being a woman in the 50s?
Abortion is illegal, no reliable contraception, women of different races faced discrimination, work is still dominated by men, got paid less than a man for doing the same job, can only get a divorce if she can prove he is having an affair.
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What were the positives of being a woman in the 50s?
WWII ended taboo against women working, free education for children of married couples, more varied food to cook with, free health care (NHS), shortage of workers meant women were welcome in some jobs.
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What did household technology enable women to do?
Pursue hobbies or jobs.
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What negative did technology bring to women's lives?
It raised the expectations of women's housework.
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How much did household technology change the time doing housework per day from 1950-1975
500 minutes per day to 345 per day
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When was the sex discrimination act passed and what did it do?
Passed in 1975, made it illegal to discriminate on the grounds of marriage.
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When was the abortion act passed?
1967.
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When was family allowance introduced and what did it do?
1945, mothers were given money for each child they had.
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When was the divorce reform act passed and what did it do?
1969, made divorces easier to get.
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When was the matrimonial property act passed and what did it do?
1970, following a divorce the possessions are split 50/50
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When was the equal pay act passed?
1974.
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When was the Women's Aid Federation founded and what did it do?
1974, gave refuge to women experiencing abuse.
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When was the domestic violence act passed and what did it do?
1976, allowed women a court order to prevent violence from their partner/husband.
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How did Women's Liberation groups protest at the Miss World contest?
Gave out leaflets, threw stink and flour bombs, shouted taunts, and whistled outside the contest.
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What did they say about the contest?
It created a sexist view of what was considered beautiful.
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How did they describe the contest?
'A meat market for men to ogle at.
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What were the two main women's liberation groups?
The Fawcett Society and the Six Point Group.
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What were the six points of the six point group?
Political, occupational, moral, social, economic, and legal
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What were the positives of being a woman in the 50s?

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WWII ended taboo against women working, free education for children of married couples, more varied food to cook with, free health care (NHS), shortage of workers meant women were welcome in some jobs.

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