Betty Friedan a writer who published "The Feminine Mystique" in 1963 broke barriers as the book spoke of controversial roles of women and their traditional roles in the household and at work. She helped advance the National Org for Women and she helped increase the amount of women involved in political jobs. Betty remained a feminist and acted as a start for the women's rights movement till her death in 2006.
The Miss America Pageant of 1968, which took place on September 7th created an uproar of protesters from the New York Radical Women. The protesters disagreed with many of the points from the pageant as it objectifies women and judges solely on beauty and innocence which "satisfies the men's lust". Also, many claimed the pageant was racist fir never having an African American, and disagreeing with sending the winner to Vietnam to "entertain the troops".
Roe v. Wade which was a ruling in 1973 that provides a right to privacy according to the 14th Amendment for women to choose to have an abortion or not. The law that abortion was illegal, unless to save the life of the mother, was decided unconstitutional. The decision if made by said person to choose whether or not to preform the abortion.
The Equal Rights Amendment which passed on March 22, 1972 helped for the legal equality of sexes, and prohibited the discrimination based on sex. It won 2/3 vote with help from Representative Bella Abzug and two feminists Betty Friedan, the author of "The Feminine Mystique", and Gloria Steinem. After most of the movement ended, the Amendment failed by a requisite of 38, but was later the Amendment was passed in the late 20th century.
The book "Baby and Child Care" written by Benjamin Spock was controversial as it created new ways to take care of children. It told parents to show love and compassion instead of corporal punishment and to use common sense. The book broke the culture norm and was made to help parents raise children in a better and positive environment.
The civil rights act of 1964 made the discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion and national origin illegal The act was passed on July 2, 1964 the ending poll was 73-27. The act made all discrimination illegal in public places like parks, theaters, restaurants, and sports arenas.