1. Think about the women who grew up in the 1960s. What do you think they are telling their granddaughters about the changes they experienced? Use the textbook and the information that you discovered on the websites to review the events of the second wave of the women’s movement in one of the following areas: education, work, family life, politics, or sports.
Then write a letter to “your” granddaughter explaining how the roles of women changed in that area during the 1960s and 1970s and explain how those roles have continued to change since then.
Your letter should be at least one page and include some information from the 1960s through the present time. Consider interviewing a family member or friend who might be able to share a perspective with you. Remember to describe what life was like and what you hope it will be like for your granddaughter. This is a graded assignment.
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Jun 13th, 2015
If I were you I would simply Google "women in the 1960's," "Equal Rights Amendment," "1960's changing gender roles," "growing up in the 60's," "women's education in the 60's" "women in the workplace in the 60's" or "women in politics in the 1960's" and just keep trying different searches until you find some sites with the info you're looking for.
I would also think that the 1960's issues of magazines like Cosmo, Better Housekeeping, Harper's Bazaar, and others that were targeted to primarily female readers and dealt with what were popularly regarded as "women's interests" at the time would also be an excellent resource, try searching the web to see if any of those magazines have archives of their back issues from the 1960's,available online or contact your local public library and ask them if they know how you might be able to access back issues of these magazines either in print or online.
You could also try asking any women you know who came of age during the 1960's. Women who are around their 60's today would have been in their late teens or early 20's during the 1960's, so they would have been in high school or maybe just about to go off to college or get married, whichever they chose. They would certainly have been old enough to remember the 1960's and 1970's quite clearly but likely young enough not to have gotten married and started families yet. Even if they married pretty young, they would still have pretty much been newlyweds and would still be affected by many of the same things that affected women who chose education and/or career first and marriage/children second.
If this were an assignment I was working on, I would try asking 2 or 3 women I know who would be about the right age to give me the info I needed, but I would also try to find some information online as well. The information you might look for online might be more broad, general info like who was president at the time, the big controversies of the day, some tidbits about popular culture and stuff like to serve as the backdrop against which your interviews take place.
You can start letter as;
As I use to watch the protests of what they called the, Second Wave of equality for women, I was reminded, like I am on a daily basis, of our freedom today as women. I see you being able to get a job, even become a manager if you so desire. You can vote, you can wear what you wish, even go to law school, if you really wanted. Those privileges are something that didn’t come easily in my time. When I was young, there was a push for equality for women because back then women couldn’t vote, couldn’t go to law or even medical school, only a select few could. We couldn’t have any job we wanted either. I don’t remember much of the first woman’s push to freedom, I was so young then, but I do remember what it was like in-between the first and second push.
This sounds like a pretty interesting assignment, good luck with it :)
Jun 13th, 2015
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