Feminism in 1964

Important Feminism Events of 1964

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What were the key historical events of feminism in 1964? The so-called second wave of feminism spread across the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. What was happening at the beginning of that wave? Were there signs of the imminent women's liberation movement?

Here are a few important events that related to women's history and feminism in 1964:

    • A prohibition on sex discrimination was added to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, along with race, color, religion and national origin.
    • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was established to enforce the Civil Rights Act. It began operations the next year. 
    • Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman elected to both the House of Representatives and the Senate, became the first woman to run for a major political party's presidential nomination. 
    • Rachel Carson, author of The Silent Spring, died. Her work was a major influence on the environmentalism movement that grew during the 1960s and 1970s.