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Rockin' the Political Boat: Women of the Second Wave
SEPTEMBER 2 - OCTOBER 30
Political inequality had important personal ramifications for issues of sexuality, birth control and abortion, and for roles in marriage, housework and childcare. Convinced that gender discrimination could not be defeated without political organization, Second-Wave feminists of the 60s and 70s challenged society to accept their participation on a public, political level. In the summer of 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was launched. Members lobbied Congress for pro-equality laws and battled workplace discrimination in the courts. They publicized issues like rape and domestic violence and reached out to other women to both expand the movement and raise awareness of how feminism could help them. Follow the wave in our third installation in our “Rocking the Boat” series.