The Second Wave

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Some accomplishments of the second wave were the reform of states divorce laws and federal legislation that mandated equal pay and equal education opportunities. Furthermore, this wave is split into two branches: liberal and radical. Radicals sought to address causes of the oppression of women. Liberal feminists worked in existing institutions systems under the assumption that the institutions themselves were not useless. Thus, their goal was to equalize, not to replace or transform. During WWII especially, women replaced nearly six million men who were across the ocean. Women appeared in factories and manufacturing places and even organized a national baseball league. This is right about when the figure “Rosie the Riveter” became a well-known icon of working women during the 1940’s. John F. Kennedy’s election against Richard Nixton was one of the closest in American history. Many female voters chose JFK over Nixton due to his support for the movement. He stuck to his thoughts, because upon entering his presidency, he mandated that the government hire “solely on the basis of ability to meet the O’Halloran 3 requirements of the position, and without regard to sex.” With that, he gave the first female head of the Women’s Bureau of the Commerce Department to Esther Peterson, which oversaw female issues in the workplace. Since the 1950’s, however, airlines regualarly fired female flight attendants when they married or even reached the age of 32. In 1968, the EEOC…

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