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Feminism in 1971

Important Feminism Events of 1971


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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