In Unit 5 you examined how women took a more permanent place in the public sphere. Unit 6 evaluates how women’s entrance into the public sphere ultimately changed American society



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Unit 6 Overview

A Modern Woman Emerging: Gender, Race, and Sexuality

In Unit 5 you examined how women took a more permanent place in the public sphere. Unit 6 evaluates how women’s entrance into the public sphere ultimately changed American society. Family culture and gender roles are examined and reshaped. Women begin to rethink the “Feminine Mystique,” eschewing the restrictive domestic ideal perpetuated by a society. Indeed, many women were dissatisfied with traditional domesticity and were searching for a more meaningful life. More and more women sought careers as a part of the search for fulfillment. Married women and single women began working in higher proportions and changes in employer practices allowed for women to hold better positions. Though attitudes towards working women were slow to change, women persisted in seeking work.

Sexuality is also undergoing radical changes that allow women more freedom. As more women worked and birth control became available, relationships between men and women were redefined. The media, including magazines and movies, reflected these changes and influenced them. Middle class families become planned and structured. Fewer children allows “housewives” to become activists. Women work for political campaigns, strike for peace, and women are in the public spotlight to stay! As more and more women become active, the activism begins to extend beyond race and class; eventually leading many women into the Civil Rights movement.


Outcomes

After completing this unit, you should be able to:


  • Analyze the impact of feminism on women in the modern era

  • Analyze the impact of birth control and family planning on changing notions of motherhood

  • Examine family culture and changing gender roles



What do you have to do in this unit?



Inside American Women

Rachel Carson:



http://www.fws.gov/northeast/-rachelcarson/carsonbio.html

Reading

The readings for Unit 6 will move you “beyond” The Feminine Mystique. Family culture and gender roles are ever changing. With the introduction of television into nearly every American home. The perception and reality of women’s sexuality underwent radical changes in the early decades of the twentieth century. As more women worked and birth control became available, relationships between men and women were redefined. The media, including magazines and movies, reflected these changes and influenced them. As sexuality and the sexual behaviors of women become less and less taboo, women moved from objects of purity and piety in domestic servitude to objects of sexual desire.



Read

  • Chapter 10 in Through Women’s Eyes
    Dubois, E.C. & Dumenil, L. (2012). Through women’s eyes (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

  • The Pill: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/pill/index.html

Multimedia

  • Working Dad; Stay at Home Mom: 1950s Ideal
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDPm67rZ2Co

  • Review the important terms for this unit by playing the term matching game


Seminar

Although this Seminar is not graded, it is highly beneficial for you to participate each week to explore the concepts and assignments in more detail and answer questions that you may have. You will also benefit from the interaction with your classmates. Your Seminars each week will offer an opportunity to interact as a community through a real time connection.

The perception and reality of women’s sexuality underwent radical changes in the early decades of the twentieth century. As more women worked and birth control became available, relationships between men and women were redefined. The media, including magazines and movies, reflected these changes but also may have influenced them.

Question 1: Why was birth control so important in changing the lives of women? How did race and class affect access to birth control?

Question 2: What impact would the media, including magazines and television/ movies have on changing notions of sexuality?

Question 3: In 1963 author Betty Friedan wrote a pivotal book condemning the media, educations, and really culture as a whole for creating an atmosphere that essentially codified domesticity as the appropriate role for women. How did The Feminine Mystique impact society and women? What arguments did the author present concerning “conventional expectations about women’s proper roles?” (Dubois & Dumenil, 2012, p. 602).


Assignment

Gender, Race, and Sexuality

For this assignment you will write a 2-3 page paper analyzing the progress women have made in the second half of the twentieth century. This assignment is worth 50 points. The rubric for this assignment is available from the Grading Rubrics page under Course Home.



  1. Answer the following questions within the text of your essay:

    • What were the main issues that women were fighting for? To what degree were they successful?

    • What was the National Organization for Women? Why was it established?

    • What was the Equal Rights Amendment? Why was it a key focus on the women’s movement in the 1970s and 1980s?

    • How do changes in gender roles, racial relation, and women’s sexuality impact American Society?

  2. Organization and Format of Paper

Introduction

The introduction is a short paragraph. Provide background information to establish context related to American Women and the general background of the topic you selected. Then, clearly state the purpose of your paper with a well defined thesis statement.



Main Issues

Address this question here in 1-2 paragraphs: What were the main issues that women were fighting for? To what degree were they successful?



National Organization for Women

Address this question here in 1-2 paragraphs: What was the National Organization for Women? Why was it established?



The Equal Right Amendment

Address this question here in 1-2 paragraphs: What was the Equal Rights Amendment? Why was it a key focus on the women’s movement in the 1970s and 1980s?



Gender roles, Racial relation, and Women’s sexuality (heading level 1)

Address this question here in 1-2 paragraphs: How do changes in gender roles, racial relation, and women’s sexuality impact American Society?



Conclusion

This is one short paragraph. Summarize your paper’s major points and reiterate its purpose



Points and Rubric

This assignment is worth 50 points. The rubric for this assignment is available from the Grading Rubrics page under Course Home



Submitting your Assignment

Put your project in a Word document. Save it in a location and with a name that you will remember.



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  • Click the link that says Submit an Assignment.

  • In the "Submit to Basket" menu, select Unit 6: Assignment.

  • In the "Comments" field, include at least the title of your paper.

  • Click the Add Attachments button.

  • Follow the steps listed to attach your Word document.

  • To view your graded work, come back to the Dropbox or go to the Gradebook after your instructor has evaluated it.

  • Make sure that you save a copy of your submitted project.


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