Why did the women's movement start in the 1960s?

The movement of the 60s and 70s was inspired by the successes of the civil rights movement. It was a reaction to legal inequalities and traditional ideas that women should be satisfied with marriage, household chores and children. The second wave of the feminist movement took place in the 1960s and 1970s and focused on issues of equality and discrimination. Initially starting in the United States with American women, the feminist liberation movement soon spread to other Western countries.

The historical primary sources available in the Gale Women's Studies Archive provide academics with unique sources and primary documents through which to explore this era of feminism and understand how it fits with other liberation movements, from suffrage to modern feminism. Researchers can search the available materials to discover details about the feminist movement over the years, from the early years of suffrage to the second wave and other political movements of 20th century.