Describe the National Organization of Women (NOW) and the origins and goals of the modern women’s movement

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Founding of NOW

On June 30, 1966, NOW was founded in Washington, D.C. It was founded by “people attending the Third National Conference of the Commission on the Status of Women.” Some of its original member are: Betty Friedan, Rev. Pauli Murray, and the first ever African American woman Episcopal priest.

Major actions and accomplishments  -Take Back the Night how have they contributed to the women’s movement

Take Back the Night has major accomplishments in that their events appear in 30 countries all over the world and over 600 campuses have held their events. They work to “end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.” They have greatly contributed to the women’s movement by allowing others to become educated on these issues and create a safe community for those who have experienced such violence. They describe themselves as a “beacon of hope” for those who have gone through sexual trauma.

Feminine Mystique – what is it, importance

The book, written in 1963 by a woman named Betty Friedan, explored the idea of women finding personal freedom and fulfillment outside of traditional roles for women at the time, such as housewife duties. It is important as it helped move the women’s movement forward, with Friedan becoming known as a “pioneer of feminism” during this time period.

Roe v. Wade – Who was the chief justice, what was the decision on what constitutional/legal ground

The chief justice on this case was Harry Blackmun. The court concluded with a 7-2 decision that the punishment and banning of abortion was against Jane Roe’s constitutional right to privacy, therefore violating the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments.. The court also stated that all abortions would be legal if they were performed within the first three months of the pregnancy.


The information that will stick with me is how much the Feminine Mystique actually helped to move along the women’s movement during the time period that it was first published. This also contributes to society today, as women still take great inspiration from Friedan’s book. In fact, I just saw it in the bookstore the other right in the front of the store, which just shows how much impact it still has on today’s society.


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