If you looked at a graph of the percent of doctoral degrees granted to women for every decade from from 1950 to 2010, you will see that the amount of degrees granted to women has radically increased from 9.6% to 49.1%. This change did not happen overnight; it happened gradually over the course of 6 decades.
If you look at a graph of the percentage of paid workers who were women for every decade from 1820 to 2010/2012, you will see that the percentage also jumped up. In 1820, 7.3% of paid workers were women, while the percentage of women in the workforce was 46.9% in 2010 and 46.7% in 2012. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Twitter
The emergence of women’s rights organizations correlates with the increase of women in the workforce, as well as the increasing amount of women earning doctorates.
Women have been politically involved on the grassroots and activist levels for hundreds of years. Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women have forged the way for women to achieve their dreams.
They both advocated for the availability of contraception and abortion. Contraception and abortion allow women to have meaningful relationships with men while putting off families to pursue their personal, non-baby dreams.
In an article titled Birth Control in The Feminism Program, 1918, Crystal Eastman talks about how women can only pursue well balanced lives where they live to their potential if they are given access to birth control. Otherwise, having babies at an out of control rate will deny women the time and energy to properly pursue other things in their lives.
It will deny many women the chance to live up to their potential, as well as the chance to create the most high quality familial situations. At the time, this article was published in a journal named Birth Control Review, which was considered to be a radical publication. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821
America traditionally has a white, Anglo, Protestant flavor. Whites have historically made up the majority of the nation. As a result, the laws and the culture have been vehemently for the interests of America’s European, Christian population.
This has lead to a situation where anybody outside of this description is considered an “other,” or not a true “American.” In many instances, the word “American” has synonymous with White American people. Immigrants and Hispanics have been one of the groups to be classified as “other,” and to be subsequently targeted for discrimination.
Brave individuals like Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have taken notice to this paradigm, and have started glorious organizations, such as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, to remedy the problem.