Comparing View Points:
1960s-Do Women Need to Fight for Equal Rights?
Inspired by the success of the civil rights movement, many American women in the late 1960s renewed their own demand for equal rights. Other women, however, argued that their demand was destructive.
Schafly (born 1924) is a lawyer and a political organizer who first became famous for her anti-communist views. She became an opponent of feminism.
“Feminism is doomed… because it (attempts) to repeal and restructure human nature.”
“Women have babies and men produce support. If you don’t like the way we’re made you’ve got to take it up with God.”
Steinem (born 1934) is a journalist who founded political organizations to help women lobby for equal rights. She became the most famous feminist leader of the 1970s
“Sex and race, because they are easily visible differences; have been the primary ways or organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups, and into the cheap labor on which this system still depends…”
1. What do you think each woman would say about the role that biology plays in women’s lives?
2. What is unusual about Schlafly’s insistence that women should devote themselves to staying home and raising a family?