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Looking Back at the Women’s Movement. Did it Help or Hurt?

By Margaret Manning November 02, 2015 Mindset

The women’s movement was a significant cultural and social movement in the 1960s. Its goal was to achieve reforms to benefit women in the areas of maternity leave, domestic violence, sexual harassment and equal pay. Many women in their 60s today struggled with these issues when they were younger.

Looking back, it’s hard to believe that these social and cultural inequalities existed to the extreme that they did. In my own life, I fought hard to be considered equal to my male co-workers. Did you experience these issues too?

While it is undeniable that the women’s movement helped to address many of the issues that women of our generation faced, some argue that there were downsides as well.

For example, when I spoke with dating coach, Lisa Copeland, she explained that our competitive stance towards men makes it difficult for us to establish new relationships.

In society more widely, feminism is often associated with pushy, opinionated, unfeminine women. This is certainly not representative of most of the people that I know who consider themselves feminists, but, it is a perception that exists all the same.

I’d love to get your opinion on feminism and the women’s movement and the impact that they have had on our generation.

Do you consider yourself a feminist? If so, what does this mean to you?  If not, why not? Do you think that the women’s movement caused more harm or good for women of our generation? Why or why not?

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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