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Second-wave feminism is a period of feminist activity and thought that first began in the early 1960s in the United States, and eventually spread throughout the Western world and beyond. In the United States the movement lasted through the early 1980s. Some of the key issues the second-wave feminist movement addressed where:

  • Civil Rights
  • Gender Equality
  • Equality in the workplace
  • Pay gap
  • Student rights
  • Education
  • Abortion rights
  • Sexism in spoken language
  • Sex roles and domesticity
  • Clothing restrictions


GenderWatch  provides authoritative historical and current perspectives on the evolution of gender roles as they affect both men and women.

​Academic Search Premier this resource was designed for the premier researcher, rich with the most valuable, comprehensive multidisciplinary content.

Women's Studies International this database supports curriculum development in the areas of sociology, history, political science and economy, public policy, international relations, arts, humanities, business and education.

Women's Audio Visuals in English (WAVE) Multimedia sources.

Women's Studies Librarian's Office (UW System) Research help.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Women and World History Bringing together millions of digitized entries, this premier online product spans 25 different subject areas.

Women and Social Movements in the United States Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000.

Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World the scope of the encyclopedia focuses on women's status starting in 2000 and forward.

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