1970’s – Fight For Equality


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The 1970’s were a deafening time. Many things were going on such as confusion with certain rights and more. In some ways, the decade was a continuation of the 1960s. Women, African Americans, Native Americans, gays and lesbians and other people continued their fight for equality. Great things and upsetting things happened in this decade. NASA’s Apollo 13 Moon Mission returns to Earth successfully after abandoning its mission to the Moon after experiencing oxygen tank problems and an explosion.

In 1971, The U.S. voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 years old when the 26th amendment is ratified, The Walt Disney World Resort is opened in Orlando, Florida. Many great things were established but some other things weren’t so great. The Beatles had announced that they have disbanded, The Watergate Scandal begins when White House operatives are caught burglarizing the Democratic National Committee, Drugs were bad back then. Under the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana was and is classified as a Scheduled drug, was “a high potential for abuse.”

There were several protests all of the time, and they were protesting about many things. A main protest back then as the protest against the war. There were plenty of anti-wars going on. The civil rights movement was said to end in a wave of activism by students, marginalized communities, and women that continued into the mid 1970’s.

There were protests for women. Women had to fight for their own freedom just like many others. “In 1972, after years of campaigning by feminists, Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the Constitution, which reads: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” It seemed that the Amendment would pass easily.” said History.com.

The Stonewall riots, which occurred in New York City in June 1969, were generally considered to have ignited the modern gay rights movement in the United States. In the 1970’s, in western countries and in major urban centers, gay and lesbian people were opening up about their sexuality’s like never before. A vocal and visible gay-rights movement coalesced in an unprecedented way.

The 1970’s was a roller coaster of all different emotions, happiness and sadness.