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Women's Rights 1950s through 1970s DBQ

Women's Rights 1950s through 1970s DBQ

Following World War II,the US experienced many Civil Rights movements. Although the women’s movement had been around for decades, & had achieved great accomplishments such as the long-fought battle of women’s suffrage, there were still great gains to be made. The role of the woman went through great revolution during the 1950s-1970s.

 

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Following World War II, the United States experienced a number of Civil Rights movements that impacted the country.  One group that felt the affects of this movement were women.  Although the women’s movement had been around for decades, and had achieved great accomplishments such as the long-fought battle of women’s suffrage, there were still great gains to be made.  The role of the woman, both socially and economically, went through great revolution during the decades of the 1950s through the 1970s.

 

PROMPT: Compare the role of women in the 1950s to that of the 1960s and 1970s with regard to ONE of the following categories:                                                          

                                      • societal lifestyles              • economic opportunity

Be sure to include information from both the documents and your own prior knowledge learned outside of these documents.

 

 

Guiding Questions:

Level 1: State the facts from the document that are important.

             

Level 2: Describe the significance of the facts with regard to the document and prompt.

 

Level 3: Speculate how you will use the information found in this document to support your thesis.

 

Trigger thought:    Do you support or oppose the topic presented in this document?  Why/How? 

 

 

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family trend graphs:

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Guiding Questions:

Level 1: State the facts from the document that are important.          

 

Level 2: Describe the significance of the facts with regard to the document and prompt.      

 

Level 3: Speculate how you will use the information found in this document to support your thesis.            

Trigger thought:  What changes happened in the 1950s compared with the 60s/70s that would be reflective in the divorce rates. 

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The problem lay buried, unspoken, for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the twentieth century in the United States. Each suburban wife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night--she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question--"Is this all?"

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Guiding Questions:

Level 1: State the facts from the document that are important.               

 

Level 2: Describe the significance of the facts with regard to the document and prompt.      

 

Level 3: Speculate how you will use the information found in this document to support your thesis.                

Trigger thought:  What could have been the reasons for Betty Friedan to have the views she has?  What was behind her question of “Is this all [there is]?” 

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The statistics listed in the chart below represent women earning college degrees between the years 1950 and 1970.

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Guiding Questions:

Level 1: State the facts from the document that are important.         

 

Level 2: Describe the significance of the facts with regard to the document and prompt.          

 

Level 3: Speculate how you will use the information found in this document to support your thesis.            

 

Trigger thought:  How do educational trends reflect what was happening in society? How would this impact women’s economically? 

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Document E - Ladies Home Journal

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Guiding Questions:

Level 1: State the facts from the document that are important.      

 

Level 2: Describe the significance of the facts with regard to the document and prompt.     

 

Level 3: Speculate how you will use the information found in this document to support your thesis.  

    

Trigger thought:  How have women’s roles changed over the course of time between the publication dates?  What  appealed to women in the 1950s? What  appealed to women in the 1970s?

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Why is it acceptable for women to be secretaries, librarians, and teachers, but totally unacceptable for them to be managers, administrators, doctors, lawyers, and Members of Congress.

The unspoken assumption is that women are different. They do not have executive ability orderly minds, stability, leadership skills, and they are too emotional.

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Prejudice against women is still acceptable. There is very little understanding yet of the immorality involved in double pay scales and the classification of most of the better jobs as "for men only."

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Guiding Questions:

Level 1: State the facts from the document that are important.            

 

Level 2: Describe the significance of the facts with regard to the document and prompt.          

 

Level 3: Speculate how you will use the information found in this document to support your thesis.            

 

Trigger thought:  How are women traditionally viewed? Do you agree or disagree with this statement?  Why? 

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Women comprise less than 1% of federal judges; less than 4% of all lawyers; 7% of doctors. Yet women represent 51% of the U.S. population...

Discrimination in employment on the basis of sex is now prohibited by federal law, in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But although nearly one-third of the cases brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission during the first year dealt with sex discrimination and the proportion is increasing dramatically, the Commission has not made clear its intention to enforce the law with the same seriousness on behalf of women as of other victims of discrimination.

Join us in taking action to work toward these goals:
-Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment
-Equal Employment opportunities
-Developmental child care
-Paid maternity leave
-Right to control our own reproductive lives
-Improvement of the image of women in the mass media

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Guiding Questions:

Level 1: State the facts from the document that are important.          

 

Level 2: Describe the significance of the facts with regard to the document and prompt.      

 

Level 3: Speculate how you will use the information found in this document to support your thesis.            

 

Trigger thought:  What are some of the possible reasons for the discrepancies in percentage of women versus men in the workforce?  What “traditional” roles for women from the 1950s and prior are women now asking to be changed?

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The Equal Pay Act represented the first significant step toward ending wage discrimination for women workers. In 1963, full-time female workers were earning on average 63% less than male workers. By 1971, the disparity had dropped to 57% and in 1998, the [wage] gap had closed to under 25%.

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Julia Ebel

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Guiding Questions:

Level 1: State the facts from the document that are important.        

 

Level 2: Describe the significance of the facts with regard to the document and prompt      

 

 

Level 3: Speculate how you will use the information found in this document to support your thesis.

 

Trigger thought:  Do you support or oppose the topic presented?  Why/How? 

 

 

 

PROMPT: Compare the role of women in the 1950s to that of the 1960s and 1970s with regard to ONE of the following categories:             

                                             • societal lifestyles              • economic opportunity

Be sure to include information from both the documents and your own prior knowledge learned outside of these documents.

Reply
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