American Feminism: Second Wave Women's Movement (USA)

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  • Yvonne Johnson (Central Missouri State University)

Historical Context Essay

The decade of the 1960s and 1970s witnessed both striking successes and profound failures in the attainment of women's rights, as these decades became a staging ground for the struggle for women's liberation.

The Sixties

Several events and political movements provided the catalyst for the second wave of the women's rights movement in the United States. One of the first activist women's organizations, “Women Strike for Peace”, was started by 5 women who had been members of the Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy. These women wanted to act quickly in response to international events like atmospheric testing and possible contamination in food and milk. As a radio-nuclear dust cloud floated across the U.S., they …

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Johnson, Yvonne. "American Feminism: Second Wave Women's Movement (USA)". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2008
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Feminism & Women's Studies