Describe the National Organization of Women (NOW) and the origins and goals of the modern women’s movement – TAKE BACK THE NIGHT EVENT FLYER FOR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY OF CHOICE

  1. Founding of NOW
  2. Major actions and accomplishments  -Take Back the Night how have they contributed to the women’s movement
  3. Feminine Mystique – what is it, importance
  4. Roe v. Wade – Who was the chief justice, what was the decision on what constitutional/legal ground

NOW stands for the National Organization for Women. Its goal is to “ bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men.” It was founded on June 30th, 1966 by Betty Friedan.

The purpose of the Take Back the Night event is to bring awareness to sexual assaults to women. It mainly focuses on college campuses since the numbers for those facilities are so high. They often bring victims of sexual assault to speak of their experiences and to show how badly it affects people.

Feminine Mystique is a book written by Betty Friedan. It suggests the insecurities of women and how truly unhappy they are. This raised controversy because many men were confused as to how the women could be unhappy, but many women agreed with the ideas. Some believed the context of the book was really stretched out since a lot of the meaning came from critics rather than the actual book.

Roe wanted to abort her baby, but Texas said that this wasn’t allowed unless it was a life or death situation for the mother. Roe argued that the constitution gave her this right. The court decided that this fell under the fourteenth amendment under the right to privacy. The Chief Justice was Warren E. Burger.




Reflection: I didn’t know that the book Feminine Mystique brought such controversy and attention to the women’s rights movement. I think that all of these thing are important because they helped us gain women’s rights and things like NOW and Take Back the Night are still things going on today.




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