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Hi Amy,

I am looking for a specific incident of the 1960s or 1970s that was rather "defining" for the second wave of the feminist movement. It's for a project that I am working on, and I need specifics. Any help would be greatly appreciated!



Dear Jennifer,

There are several defining moments from the 1960s and 1970s, for instance, the 1968 (or 69) Miss America Protest in Atlantic City, NJ, which feminists protested outside by throwing "female objects" - bras, girdles, Cosmo, etc. - into a Freedom Trash Can. In 1970, a group of feminists took over John Mack Carter's office at Ladies Home Journal, in protest that this magazine for women was edited by a man. In 1968, there was an abortion speak-out in New York City, where women spoke openly about having had illegal abortions. This speak-out, which politicians attended, led to New York being the first state to pass abortion laws making it legal. That's a sampling - good luck.


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