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“People Now Do Not Realize What It Was Like Then”: Tumblr User Lists What Things Weren’t Legal For Women In The 1960s
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“People Now Do Not Realize What It Was Like Then”: Tumblr User Lists What Things Weren’t Legal For Women In The 1960s

We have come a long way since the dark times of pre-first-wave feminism when society was wondering “Hmmm, are women maybe human beings?” From 1848 to 1920, 70 whole years, women fought for the right to vote, but it was still a long way to go until women were taken as equals in the broadest, human sense.

Hence, second-wave feminism marked a fight for a wide range of issues, from the workplace, de facto inequalities, family and sexuality, reproductive rights, and many more. In 1949, when the French philosopher Simone De Beauvoir released her book “The Second Sex,” it further fueled the feminist consciousness and paved the way to the more equal society we live in today.

But since there’s still a lot of room for improving the future of women’s and traditionally marginalized groups’ rights, it’s worth reflecting on the past. Especially when the term is often misused or viewed with distrust and criticism these past decades.

So this time, we will be looking into an illuminating thread by one Tumblr user who listed the things that women of the 1960s legally couldn’t do. It does feel a little shocking, to say the least, and shows just how thankful we have to be to feminism and its brave fighters who turned this world around.

A Tumblr user has recently shared a somewhat shocking list of things that women in the 1960s weren’t legally allowed to do

Image credits: Pixabay

Another person pointed out that these things were in living memory  and emphasized the importance of feminism

In 1960, almost 40 percent of American women were in the workforce. They made on average 60 percent less than men, had near to zero opportunity to advance, and were hardly represented in their professions. Most women worked in “pink collar” jobs as teachers, secretaries, and nurses. Up until the 1960s, newspapers even had separate job listings for men and women, and the same job listing indicated a smaller wage for a woman worker.

But three years later, in 1963, congress passed the Equal Pay Act, which required employers to pay men and women the same wage for equivalent work. A year later, another dramatic change happened with the congress passing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Essentially, it banned discrimination on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, or gender and paved way to file a lawsuit against discrimination in the workplace.

As a result, more and more jobs became available to women. By 1970, more than 43 percent of women were in the workforce, and it was just the beginning.In 1969, elite all-male colleges like Princeton and Yale began admitting women students.

This woman who grew up in the 1960s also shared what life was like for her being born a girl, and it’s disturbing

In the midst of the feminist upheaval of the ’60s, many new rulings came to existence. For example, in 1965, the Supreme Court ruled that earlier law against birth control violated the right to marital privacy. Many women of the time felt like they were free to take charge of their own bodies, as the federal government approved contraceptives, the pill in particular, in 1960.

Others reminded us all to never forget the history

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Leo Domitrix
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Since this was a comment elsewhere: GOP stands for Grand Old Party, a moniker given to the Republican (far-right/conservative) Party in the US. The Dems are Democrats, or Democratic Party. RINO is "Republican In Name Only", or a conservative who dislikes Trumpism. Currently, GOP should stand for "Gross Old Profiteers", IMO, but that's me, and I await downvotes with glee:-)

Tracy Sellars
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks for explaining this, it's appreciated.

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've just finished reading this and now I want to punch someone in the face. Do you Panda's realize there are women out there who actually want the GOP to set us back because these women think they are good wives and/or christian wives or other bullsh!t. I'm 54 and when, in the 80's and 90's I worked for this huge international company and landed a job in computer and software Helpdesk. How many times men asked me why? ....because it was not a lady like thing. And now I see a reverse of things even I had to argue for, and I had it relatively easy. So i'm going to chop some wood thank you very much.

ZAPanda
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always ask them why they think typing on a computer is macho... i mean, programming and being a secretary both involve typing... so I fail to see why one is stereotypically male and vice versa. It's bizarre.

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Martha Meyer
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please add which country this applies to. In many countries, women still can't do some of these things and in some other countries, they could already do them prior to the 1960ies.

Abhinc
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the US ... aaand sorry to burst anybody's bubble but there is still a veeery long way to go in the so called "best democracy" on earth. according to the latest World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Report from 2020 the US ranks 53rd worldwide on gender equality ... and according to the The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey from 2018 the US is among the 10 most dangerous countries on earth for women ...

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Leo Domitrix
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Since this was a comment elsewhere: GOP stands for Grand Old Party, a moniker given to the Republican (far-right/conservative) Party in the US. The Dems are Democrats, or Democratic Party. RINO is "Republican In Name Only", or a conservative who dislikes Trumpism. Currently, GOP should stand for "Gross Old Profiteers", IMO, but that's me, and I await downvotes with glee:-)

Tracy Sellars
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks for explaining this, it's appreciated.

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've just finished reading this and now I want to punch someone in the face. Do you Panda's realize there are women out there who actually want the GOP to set us back because these women think they are good wives and/or christian wives or other bullsh!t. I'm 54 and when, in the 80's and 90's I worked for this huge international company and landed a job in computer and software Helpdesk. How many times men asked me why? ....because it was not a lady like thing. And now I see a reverse of things even I had to argue for, and I had it relatively easy. So i'm going to chop some wood thank you very much.

ZAPanda
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always ask them why they think typing on a computer is macho... i mean, programming and being a secretary both involve typing... so I fail to see why one is stereotypically male and vice versa. It's bizarre.

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Martha Meyer
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please add which country this applies to. In many countries, women still can't do some of these things and in some other countries, they could already do them prior to the 1960ies.

Abhinc
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the US ... aaand sorry to burst anybody's bubble but there is still a veeery long way to go in the so called "best democracy" on earth. according to the latest World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Report from 2020 the US ranks 53rd worldwide on gender equality ... and according to the The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey from 2018 the US is among the 10 most dangerous countries on earth for women ...

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