Women's Rights in the '60s and '70s

The Women’s Rights Movement in the 1960s and ‘70s
Brigham Young once said “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation” (Brigham Young Quotes). Women were not considered people for a very long time in history. For an even longer time, even in modern times, they were treated much worse and with less respect than men. In America, women were not even allowed to vote in political elections until 1920 (History.com Staff). The women’s rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s was the most important feminist movement for American women and impacted how they were viewed and treated even today. This movement allowed women to have more access to birth control and abortions, pregnant women got maternity leave and mothers had access to child care for when they are not able to take care of their children. The feminist movement also gave many women the opportunity to get hired for more jobs and to get paid more for their jobs.
Prior to 1965 women did not have access to birth control pills or many other birth control options that could have helped them prevent unwanted pregnancies (Thomson). In 1965, many married couples were allowed to use birth control although millions of unmarried women who tried to purchase birth control pills were denied the ability to do so. In 1970 many feminists realized that the oral pills were not as safe as they should have been so they challenged it until it was changed and made safer for the user. The women’s rights movement helped women to get more options for birth control.
Abortions have been practiced throughout history in nearly every culture in the world. Regardless of if it is legal or not, abortions will take place. Abortions were legal in America until 1880 under certain conditions. After it became illegal many women who needed or wanted an abortion had to find other ways that were often very unsafe for the women. If women could find someone to perform an abortion on them they would often pay them a...