Beginning of feminist movement

Independent Lens . SISTERS OF '77 . The Movement

There have been countless achievements in the arena of U.S. women’s rights since the late 1970s.
Here are some things that have changed—and some that have not.

Percent of Congress members that are women
NOW: 13

Percent of U.S. state legislators that are women
THEN: 9.2
NOW: 22

Percent of Fortune 500 executives that are women
THEN: Less than five
NOW: 12

Number of female Supreme Court Justices
NOW: 2

College graduation gap between men and women
THEN: Five percent
NOW: Three percent

Percent of the labor force that are women
THEN: 38
NOW: 47

Pay gap between men and women
THEN: 58 cents to the dollar
NOW: 75 cents to the dollar

The median age of first marriage for women
THEN: 20
NOW: 25

Percent of Americans who would not vote for a woman president
THEN: 26
NOW: 5

We the People: Women and Men in the United States (pdf)

Although the 1977 National Women’s Conference was hailed as a significant victory for the U.S. women’s movement, the legacy of American women working for greater rights is as old as the country itself. The 1977 conference was preceded more than 100 years earlier by the 1848 women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Elizabeth Cady Stanton drafted the famous Declaration of Sentiments, which outlined the ways U.S. women were treated unjustly. Among the examples Stanton cited were: women were not allowed to vote, married women had no legal or property rights, most occupations and educational opportunities were closed to women and working women earned a fraction of what men earned.

The early U.S. women’s movement grew partly out of the anti-slavery movement of the 1800s, and was primarily centered on suffrage, or the right to vote. Passed in 1866, the 14th Amendment gave voting rights to all male citizens, regardless of race. It was also the first time in the Constitution that “citizens” and “voters” were explicitly defined as “male.” It was not until 1920 that women obtained the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment.

However, not all American women reaped these victories. As evidenced as early as 1851, when Sojourner Truth delivered a speech at a women’s rights convention asking that, as a former slave, “ain’t I a woman?” the U.S. women’s movement has consisted overwhelmingly of white, educated, middle-class women. No women of color attended the 1848 conference. Even the modern feminist movement has had few women of color in leadership positions, and has done little to fully address the racial power imbalances in America as an intersection with gender imbalances. As illustrated in the archival footage seen in SISTERS OF ’77, a movement claiming to fight for all American women often faced challenges—to include voices that were marginalized due to race, geography, religion and sexual preference.


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The Men's Rights Movement (MRM) is concerned with the legal and societal rights of men, primarily in Western cultures. This includes disparity in conviction, sentencing, custody, matrimonial and alimony laws, as well as the alleged discrimination and degradation of males.
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