Womens Right Essay

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Womens Right

The peculiarly passive obsession with security as the ultimate happiness, the compulsive
conformity of life styles (engenderedat least in part by the virulent anti-communism of
McCarthyismin odd combination with the Eisenhower era's pacifying blandness),and the
pervasive apathy of most of the '50s was replaced in the1960s with an extraordinary and
even reckless social energy and political activism.

First Blacks, then other racial minorities, students, the New Left, peace protesters, and
finally women, emerged one by oneas forces demanding social change.

Each group became inflamed with a passion for the possible.

The momentum of the feminist movement of the earlier decades ofthe 20th century had waned
in the post-World War II decades. Thoughwork for women's rights actually continued by core
organizations, it had become almost an underground resistance to a nearly overwhelmingly
negative media blitz that insisted on proclaiming the death of feminism and on writing its
obituary as it celebrated the happy suburban housewife.

As early as 1946, Doris Stevens, a long-time militant suffragist with the National Woman's
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