Second Wave Feminism Begining in the early 1960’s lasting through to the 1970’s. While the first wave of feminism was because of wins of voting rights and property rights , the second wave had more to do with:
The rights of woman in the workplace
Equal pay for equal work
Fair employment opportunities for married women
The role of women in the home
Inequalities for women in defacto relationships
Other legal inequalities for other women in married relationships
Improved sexual freedom
Second Wave Feminism In the 1960s the Women’s Liberation Movement were lobbying for better rights for woman in the workplace. At the time women were not getting equal pay for equal work of equal value. Women couldn’t work in ‘men only’ profession areas. Women were being sexually harassed and abused by there male bosses. Women couldn’t work if they were married because their job was supposed to be in the home. By 1966, women were able to continue work after marriage in the Federal public service, and in 1969 women were given equal pay for equal work. However, this did not end deep-seeded cultural attitudes towards women in Australian society, and although further progress was made during the 1970s it only became illegal to discriminate against women in 1984, after the passing of the Sex Discrimination Act.
Second Wave Feminism Women became more politically aware during the ‘70s. They began advocating for further equality. Reproductive rights, sexual freedom and women’s familial roles went to the top of their agenda. Although The Pill gave women a greater control over their reproduction, they were still unable to seek safe abortion under Australian Law. This caused women to seek ‘backyard abortions’ which had a very high risk involved due to them not being administered by a learned medical practitioner. Prior to the mid-60’s a woman’s role in a family household was to cook, clean and look after the children. This stigma was considered the norm in the patriarchal society that Australia once was. Second Wave Feminists protested against these restrictions.