Women’s Rights

Women’s Rights in the USA.

Equal opportunities at work were granted to women in the USA through the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This forbade discrimination in the workplace. In 1966 the National Organization for Women was established. This group aimed to improve the rights of women.

Women's Liberation Movement Badge from the 1960's
Women’s Liberation Movement Badge from the 1960’s

Since the 1970’s there have been further improvements, with the following changes taking place:

• Greater freedom in reproductive choice (1973);

• Minimum wage protection for domestic workers (1974);

• Prohibitions against discriminating in employment against pregnant women (1978);

• Tougher child support laws and protection of pension rights for widows and divorced women (1984);

• Provision of federal funds for child care (1990);

• Employment protection for workers needing extended time off to care for family members (1993);

• Protections against violence (1994).

The United States c1945-1971

The Red ScareImpact of the Second World War on Civil RightsCivil Rights in 1950
Brown v Topeka Board of EducationLittle Rock High SchoolRosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Protest
Martin Luther King JnrNation of Islam and Malcolm XThe Black Panthers
Ku Klux Klan in the 1960'sMarch on WashingtonCivil Rights Acts
Immigration Act of 1965Chicano movement and Civil Rights for Hispanic AmericansCollege Sit In's and Student Protests
Women's RightsNative Americans and Civil Rights