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APUSH Oral History: Women's Rights

Women's Fight of Rights

The fight for women’s rights is a broader movement that has taken place around the world for hundreds of years. In the United States, this movement has taken place since the inception of the country. The main movement of the 20th century would be the suffrage movement, where American women campaigned for their right to vote. While the 19th Amendment brought this right, the movement has continued. Following WWII where women had more economic freedom and responsibilities, many more American women supported the fight for their freedom. The 1960s were a particularly important decade, as the American feminist movement began. This second wave of feminism focused more on sexuality, the family, reproductive rights, and treatment in the workplace. The interviews on this page focus more on this second wave, and its powerful impact for American women.

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