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DB Unit 3 1960s - They wanted to be treated the same in the...

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In Australia, the 1960s was a decade of political and social upheaval. The younger generation challenged the traditional values of the government from their parent’s generation. They actively opposed the decisions of the government. Women were beginning to demand equal rights and others called for racial equality. Many of the younger generation demonstrated against the Vietnam War, conscription and the nuclear industry. Australia’s population began to increase during the 1960s as European and British immigrants began to arrive. During the late 1960s, many of the women in Australia began to question their roles in society that was seemingly assigned to them. Many of the women started to feel that there was more to life than just raising children and taking care of their homes. Others were dissatisfied at being confined to traditionally 'female' occupations like teaching, administration and secretarial work. The women began to protest the government wanting equal rights in all different aspects of life.
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Unformatted text preview: They wanted to be treated the same in the workplace, education, politics and sports. The birth control pill was introduced to women in the 1960s. There was a huge impact on society when this happened. It had granted women sexual freedom and allowed them to control when and if they wanted to have children. Ireland in the sixties was drab. The Catholic Church still held authority, there was even a clause in the Irish Constitution, since removed, which recognised the special position of the Catholic Church. Unemployment was high, with many people taking the boat to the UK or the US. In the later years of the sixties, Ireland began to become more liberal. Economically, things improved, and with the availability of BBC TV, Irish people could see for themselves how others lived. When Ireland joined the Common Market (EU) in the early seventies, things changed. Some people even think for the better....
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