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Feminism: Describe The Women' Movement In Australia Between The 1970's And 1990's.

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The wheels for women's movement started rolling in the United States of America in the year 1967. The main objective that the political and social movement was trying to achieve was to gain equality between men and women in society. As the movement began, people directly involved were known as the "women's libbers" which really meant the Women's liberationists. They were classified as women's liberationists because they wanted to liberate women doe their stereotype, traditional roles and restrictions. In simple terms they believed women should be treated equally to men, and be able to do what they desire. The movement planned to change women's views, by allowing them to stand up for what they believed in. The movement proved to be successful getting through to some women. As a result, a number of women decided they were no longer willing to obey the authority given down by their husbands or fathers.One of the main ideas behind the whole campaign was that both men and women, had to forget their sexist upbringings and accept that the world was changing.However by 1970 a very important book was written by Germaine Greer called 'the female Eunuch'. This book played a very big role in making it possible for the movement to succeed, for it really got through to a number of women, causing them to stand up for themselves. Also women's career choices were still highly limited and discrimination was still being used on the following factors - pregnancy, sex and martial status. At the time it was unbelievable to imagine women being labourers, heavy equipment operators or even pilots and the fact of women being in charge of men was just a joke.The women's liberation party then decided it was time for direct action to be taken if they wanted to achieve equality. So at the first National Women's Liberation conference in May 1970, it was argued that women could only improve their roles in life, which lead to a completely new direction. One which women took full advantage of, letting them take control of their own destiny.At the time when Australian women were demanding more their society and of governments, Gough Whitlam's call to the 'men and women of Australia' took on a very special significance. Women liberators of the early 20th Century focused on issues, such as the vote, where feminists of the 1970's and the 1980's campaigned for equality between males and females in the world of power. This dramatic change in campaigning by women was most likely sparked by one particular person, Germaine Greer. In The Female Eunuch, the academic Greer encouraged women to question the authority of men and to not accept the shallow roles that society gives to them. Greer was one of many women who challenged society, she was one to help break stereotype that a women's place was in the home. Greer encouraged women to pursue their talents and abilities and to forget about the traditional role of women. Greer not only got through to women, but also got through to under women...

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