President Johnson 's Social Reform

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For hundred of years, women have strived for equality with men. In fact, many argue to this day, women across the globe are treated as second class citizens. Countless studies have been conducted by independent universities and groups supporting this ideology. Statistics from these institutions have often brought women to the Civil Rights forefront, during a time period when women 's suffrage was in its second wave. Advocacy for this cause has come in the form of much more than field studies and collected research. Lyndon Johnson’s social reform was greatly successful in providing equality for women through new legislation and his support of the National Organization for Women. To understand President Johnson’s social reform, it is…show more content…
Women have always been portrayed as inferior to men, a myth that can be traced back to Christian theology during the 4th century. A 13th- century theologian, said that woman was "created to be man 's helpmeet, but her unique role is in conception . . . since for other purposes men would be better assisted by other men." (Women 1) Even during the 1960’s, the antiquated idea that a woman was inferior to a man was widely accepted. It wasn’t until approximately 40 years prior to the 1960’s that woman acquired freedom and mobility thanks to the automobile industry. Legislation was also evolving as a whole. It was becoming more and more ambitious, and achieved to solve issues in the country very quickly. Prior to Lyndon Johnson’s presidency was that of John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy proposed the most ambitious plan since the New Deal, entitled the “New Frontier”. The New Frontier targeted social injustices in the United States, dealing with racism and sexism. Some hypothesize that this legislation influenced President Johnson to further pursue social issues that plagued the United States. Through pursuing these issues, Lyndon Johnson would close the widening gap between men and women. President Johnson was extremely driven to push for more equal rights. He was inspired by the creation of the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Prior to this act, men and women who were performing the same jobs were not earning equal wages. The argument was that men
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