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Women's Strike for Equality

Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is a leader, spokeswoman, and icon of the feminist movement.

Women Strike for Equality -- Then and Now

Thirty-eight years ago today, thousands of women nation-wide responded to Jewish feminist Betty Friedan's call for a Women's Strike for Equality. In addition to a huge march down New York's 5th Avenue, women around the country demonstrated in support of three main goals: free abortion on demand, free 24-hour community-controlled child care centers, and equal opportunity in jobs and education.

Happy Women's Equality Day!

Today is the 86th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which granted American women the right to vote. It took women activists 72 years to win the federal right to vote, and it was a hard battle, filled with many setbacks and contentious disagreements about ideology and strategy.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Women's Strike for Equality." (Viewed on October 25, 2014) <http://jwa.org/tags/womens-strike-for-equality>.

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