Nina Simone Singing “Trouble In Mind” I selected this song to set the scene for this post.
”What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren’t supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown – watch the raindrops coming down the window pane? I want to live my life, not record it.” ~ Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy
In 1869 Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman Suffrage Association. The primary goal of the organization is to achieve voting rights for women by means of a Congressional amendment to the Constitution
In the 1920’s The Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor is formed to collect information about women in the workforce and safeguard good working conditions for women.
The Scene Changes in American Life ~ Jazz Age revolutionized America’s social and cultural world. It began with the Roaring Twenties and transformed to become the Jazz Age. Both challenged the American traditional roles and mores of women. John Held, Jr. introduced flappers in his cartoons by depicting women’s role as the gentile “Gibson girl” from an earlier generation to an outright Rebel. Women no longer were confined to the home and its traditional roles and were becoming a young “independent” woman who was often coined as a little fast and maybe even a little brazen.
In 1935 Mary McLeod Bethune organizes the National Council of Negro Women, a coalition of black women’s groups that lobbies against job discrimination, racism, and sexism.
By 1950, millions of WWII veterans had married their sweethearts, returned to college, and settled down in suburbia. Women were expected to stay at home and take care of the kids, while the hubby earned enough money to support the family.
The 1970s became a decade of empowerment for women, many of whom moved into traditionally male professions such as medicine, law and business. Congress passed an Equal Rights Amendment–although it was never ratified by the states. The Supreme Court upheld a woman’s right to have an abortion, even though this decision continues to be controversial.
Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), is a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of abortion. Decided simultaneously with a companion case, Doe v. Bolton, the Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion, but that right must be balanced against the state’s two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting prenatal life and protecting women’s health.
The 1980s were a decade of “firsts” as American women hurtled into space and were appointed to the Supreme Court. A record number were elected to Congress and to the boards of major corporations. Women had not yet achieved equality, but received well-deserved recognition for their contributions to American life.
That’s a wrap for today’s post. I hope that you enjoyed it. The next post will bring us to the present tense. Till then Peace Out! JBC 8-)
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