Lower classes also left farms and countrymen declined

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Lower classes also left farms and countrymen declined fastGovernments also helped in lowering distinctions between social groupsSocial security increased, and governments gave family grants to help raise kidsStandard of living increased fast with the new cheaper inventions (like cars)oPostwar years were called the ‘gadget revolution’ for all its inventionsoCertain things became more affordable since people could buy on creditMass travel and tourism also became a huge business Women’s Roles in SocietyThe role of women made a huge change in the world during this timeBefore the industrial revolution, women married late and had lots of childrenWhen industries grew, and death rates fell, people had less babies oDiet, income, and birth control all helped make women’s lives easierIn the 1900s, women married much earlier, and had babies earlier on in lifeoMany women stopped having children in their twentiesThis meant that women spent less time raising children and were free to workOld Farming communities had more work for women than in the industrial revA few factors led to a rise in women working in the modern worldoDecline in birthrate meant more time to focus on work outside the homeo1950-1973 the economy boomed, so more labor was neededoFocus shifted from the factory industry to desk jobs, that weren’t as toughoEducation during the war was almost equal for men and womenCommunist eastern Europe had married women working practically equal to menStill, usually women were prejudiced against when it came to wages and payAlso, business only wanted to hire women as part-time workersWomen also still had responsibilities at home and were usually overworkedUnmarried women, who needed full-time, well-paying jobs, were stuckSoon, the women’s movement grew to change sexism and discriminationsThe Women’s MovementIt was during the 1970s that women gained equal rightsoNew types of motherhood and women and work changed women’s’ statusoLots of feminist writers and thinkers started appearing during this timeoBlack civil rights movements and war protests showed the power of manySimone de Beauvoir wrote The Second Sexabout how women were restricted
Betty Freidan wrote The Feminine Mystique, that women are dissatisfied because of their social role, that causes women to lose their identityFreidan founded the National Organization for Women in 1966, which grew fastWomen spoke out against work discrimination and divorce and abortion rightsEventually, new laws were made to help women, and groups like NOW dissolvedYouth Counterculture and Student RebellionsThe baby boom after WWII meant that suddenly, there were a lot more teenagersA new trend was developing among teenagers, called the ‘counter-culture’, in which they rebelled against everything having to do with the current generationBefore this, the 1950s students were the silent generation, with nothing exciting

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