The Civil Rights Movement: The Women's Movement

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The Women’s Movement
Jashanna Ingram
Saint Catherine University

Throughout much of history, women have struggled with the limited roles society imposed on them. Since the beginning of time, women had been working to advance their place in society. The belief that women were intellectually inferior, physically weaker, and overemotional has reinforced stereotypes throughout history. From the Stone Age through the twentieth century, individuals and organized groups had felt that women were treated unequally, and they vowed to do something about it. In the 1960s, women challenged their roles as "the happy little homemakers." Their story is the story of the Women 's Liberation Movement.
The struggle for women 's rights did not begin in the 1960s. What has come to be called "Women 's Liberation" was, in fact, the second wave of a civil rights movement that began in the early 19th century (Goodwin & Jasper, p. 148). This first wave revolved around gaining suffrage for women. Earlier women 's movements to improve the lives of prostitutes, increase wages and employment opportunities for working women, ban alcohol, and abolish slavery inspired and led directly to the organized campaign for women 's suffrage.
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The mass media played an important role in the making of second wave of feminism, accounting for a rapid rise to national attention. The Women 's Movement also sought broadcasting and the press as agents to promote its issues, using the media 's own commercial and professional interests in lending them attention. The means of mass communication shaped the feminist protest style and politics; to result in influencing the media 's values and practices. The use of media gathered women together to fight for their rights and what they believe in. I think that the use of media was a success and is still being used today to make an impact on the Women’s

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