24 April 2018
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
What if you couldn't open a bank account unless you had a husband to cosign for you? What if you had the grades to attend an elite school? But your gender kept you from fulfilling that dream.This was the reality for most women during the 60s and 70s. The movie, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, gives us a brief summary of the Women’s Movement from 1966 to 1971. The feminist revolution that shaped our world. During this time period, women were blocked from participating in the promise of America's society. Activist historian, Ruth Rosen, states, “We knew nothing about women.” Finally, they started to open their eyes. Three main issues women had to deal with was over, reproductive rights, sexual harassment, and equal opportunity in employment and education. Women had been placed in stereotypical roles for years. People became more vocal and strived for equality among all people.
During the 60s and 70s, the feminist movement transformed the medical system by insisting on women’s knowledge and control of their own bodies. Women’s demand for knowledge about their bodies and greater control over their healthcare, pushed the women’s health movement and soon changed the providing of healthcare in America. The FDA approved the first oral contraceptive for women. They were available the following year. This became the first step in the liberation movement. This now allowed women to take a stand on their reproductive rights.Women were fighting for not only the legalization of abortion and birth control, but also the right to be free from forced sterilization. Feminist organizations began to form and cause attention to the ways in which private health insurance discriminated against women.Many of whom had had abortions themselves, cared so deeply about sparing women from life-threatening back-alley abortions that they risked arrest and incarceration.
Women had lost their rights in family planning, and were forced to become mothers without their consent. In 1975 the federal government passed the Federal Childcare Act which provided government funding of childcare for working mothers.
In 1966, the National Organization for Women was formed. In 1968, feminists protested at the Miss America contest in Atlantic City, arguing that the pageant was sexist. They w...