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Feminism in 1971

Important Feminism Events of 1971

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The "second wave" of feminism spread across the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. By 1971, growing awareness of women's liberation was everywhere in the media and a part of many women's lives. Here are a few important events of feminism in 1971:

  • Linda Nochlin’s essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” was published in ARTNews.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court decided Reed v. Reed, which declared sex discrimination a violation of the 14th Amendment.
  • President Nixon vetoed the Comprehensive Child Development Act, which would have established a national system of child care centers with free and sliding scale day care available.
  • Three hundred prominent French women signed a manifesto declaring that they had had abortions.

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