Role of Women: Changes and Purpose

The role of women in the United States has always been an issue, even today. Today there are still great feminist issues and women still have lower average wages for the same jobs as men. Women thought they had their problems solved when the government created the Civil Rights Act of 1964, they were unfortunately mistaken. Many cases, after the act was put in place, involving the mistreatment of women were not taken seriously and still found in favor of men. On October 29, 1966, at the organizing conference in Washington, D.C., the National Organization for Women (NOW) created theĀ Statement of PurposeĀ believing that the time for a new movement was in store. The purpose of this organization is “to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all the privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men.” NOW no longer wants women to be referred to as “child bearers” and wants them to enter the workforce. In the workforce, in 1966, women comprised less than 1% of federal judges, less than 4% of all lawyers and 7% of all doctors, yet they represented 51% of the population. They believe by acting NOW and speaking out in behalf of their own equality, freedom and human dignity that they can create a new image of women. NOW was the most prominent feminist group during the 20th century and stood up for what they believed was right, even though the government and society thought different. NOW, through its rebellions, created a lot of positive change for women and changed the role of women in the long run. Although NOW enacted a lot of change for women, the issue still isn’t over and women need to be put on the same pedestal as men, since in the end we are all human beings, put on Earth with the same purpose.

2 thoughts on “Role of Women: Changes and Purpose

  1. I really enjoyed reading your post Evan. I like that you pointed out that even today women are still at times treated unequal to men. Obviously NOW had a huge impact on women’s rights over the years but their mission has still not necessarily reached where they would like to be.

  2. I agree with both of you. I think that NOW’s impact on women has been beneficial, but it still not enough. Over time, the gap between men and women has been slowly decreasing, but it is not where it should be. Women are definitely still not treated equal to men, especially in the workforce. I like NOW’s idea that women are more than just “childbearers.”

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