Rise of Equal Rights Movements

Time Period
1962  - 2015
Frustrated over liberals' inaction and conservatives' resistance, feminists in 1966 formed the National Organization for Women. NOW publicly protested the 1968 Miss America beauty pageant for projecting 'an image that oppresses women.' Contraceptives and abortion rights also fueled the women’s liberation movement. The Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973.

In 1966, 'black power' became a new rallying cry. Groups like the newly formed Black Panther Party preached a radicalized message: it was up to African Americans to determine their own future.

American Indian activists occupied Alcatraz from 1969-1971 and seized Wounded Knee for 71 days in 1973, drawing attention to centuries-old grievances over their treatment.

Gay pride parades spread across the country in 1970s, focusing on self-esteem and LGBT rights. In 1982, Wisconsin became the first state to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. As other states and the federal government followed, the push turned to same-sex marriage.


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National Equality march 2009- Flikr.com- photo by Kyle Rush (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Women's Liberation march 1970- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-03425

American Indian Movement tipi near the Washington Monument during the Longest Walk- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ds-00753

Pro-abortion demonstration- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-09733

Crowd in the Minnesota Capitol supporting same-sex marriage vote- Wikimedia Commons- Flikr.com - photo by Fibonacci Blue (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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