Part Two: Changing the World

The Women's Movement began to stack up victories in the 1970s.

In the early 1970s, feminism became a force that reshaped the relationships between men and women in the most fundamental ways. Divorce rates spiked as women chafed under their traditional roles but, where men could adapt, marriages became stronger than ever. With the widespread adoption of the contraceptive pill, women’s sexuality was freed from the constant worry over pregnancy.

Title IX
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Title IX

Title IX compelled schools to offer sports programs to women.

Ms. Magazine
Makers: Women Who Make America

Ms. Magazine

Gloria Steinem founded Ms. Magazine in 1972.

Women in the Workplace
Makers: Women Who Make America

Women in the Workplace

The 1980s brought about new ideas of what women were capable of.

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American Masters examines the life and career of recording artist and activist Joan Baez.

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