Makers: Women Who Make America
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Awakening
The story of the birth of the modern Women's Movement. When Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique came out in 1963, millions of American women felt the constraints of 1950s post-war…
Changing the World
In the early 1970s, feminism became a force that reshaped the relationships between men and women in the most fundamental ways. Divorce rates spiked as women chafed under their traditional…
Charting a New Course
As the Movement achieved long-sought goals, a new generation of women were re-evaluating some of its most basic assumptions, especially the balance between work and family. By the 2000s, the…

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