Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Women in the 80's

For many feminists the 1980's is the end of second wave feminism, the outcry of the 60's and 70's is abated. However the 1980's shows some of the biggest achievements for women in American History. With the ERA accepted in 22 states women are getting more rights than ever before, however men are still, to this day the more dominant sex in high paying careers.

In 1981 President Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O'Connor as the first female member of the Supreme Court. In doing so he gave Women a place in the judicial system of the United states that they had not had previously. The 1980's showed a lot a progress in Womens rights in America. After the huge amounts of progress made in the 1960's and 70's and Kennedy's equal rights movement, women were now finding there way into politics more comfortably and without the previous criticism.

Not only was a women appointed into the Supreme Court, many more were members of the Reagan government and in the 1984 elections the first woman was put forward as a vice presidential candidate. The 1980's held a lot of firsts for American women and not only in politics. The first American Woman Astronaut rocketed into space in the 80's, showing that in the 80's, an ambitious American women can hold her own in a mans world.

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