19 February 2012
The Struggle for Rights within Minorities
The 1930s to the 1960s were classified as very turbulent times. As the country shifted from a conservative to a more modern standard of living, a severe clash between several classes initiated, mostly between the “minorities” at the time, such as African-Americans and women, and the majority, which consisted of white men. The mid-twentieth century was specifically marked by the struggle for more rights for African-Americans and women who proved to be persistent against the conservative mindset that African-Americans were slaves, just like the Civil War era, and that women belonged in the household, just like the mindset of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. Their persistency helped put national awareness on the lack of rights for these minorities and ultimately, pushed for legislation and reforms that revolutionized these minorities at the time and even today.
Women have been persecuted by the male hierarchy since the beginning of mankind. Because of this, women have always had little to no rights and their position in society has always been classified in the home. However, women have had enough and this was seen through their efforts in the twentieth century, most evident in the 1960s. The momentum of the women’s movement was gained at the turn of the sixties, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved birth control pills. This helped to establish the beginning of the reproductive rights that women will strive to pursue. Furthermore, women gained support for the feminist movement through the social media. Betty Freidman’s, The Feminine Mystique, described the melancholy lives and dissatisfaction that women led because of the restrictions put on them by the male-dominated community. Friedman says, “A woman is handicapped by her sex, and handicaps society, either by slavishly copying the pattern of man's advance in the professions, or by...