Minorities, Women, and Rights


Through the 1950’s and 1970’s civil rights were the hot topic of the time. Multiple groups pushed to better their lives and the lives of their people. Women gained more work privileges, minorities gained more representation, and the LGBT community became more accepted. This post will explore how and what each of these collectives gained from this era, which one gained the most and how they did it.

Representing the minorities here are the blacks. In 1954 the civil rights movement for black people got a big score in Brown v. Board of Education. With this ruling the supreme court ruled that segregated schools are unconstitutional even if they are ‘equal’. Later on we see the Freedom riders make big strides in making transportation equal for all.

Women pushed hard to be able to work alongside men and get paid equally. Their civil rights movement also pushed for the end of domestic violence, sharing of responsibility within the family and with rearing children. This more balanced approach gave them the opportunity to do things that they couldn’t do before like pursue a career.

The LGBT community gained more acceptance in the population. At this time the movement was very unpopular and it was a stigma to be gay. As the hippie movement sprung up around the Vietnam War, minorities such as them began to speak up and demand recognition. They got this recognition slowly over the two decade span.

The blacks benefited most from all these civil rights movements and reforms. They were allowed freedom that they had never tasted in their life, what we all take for granted. As time went on the racist social constructs dissolved to nothing as they are now. They also lead the way for other disadvantaged groups to rub the other direction against social norms. Because of this we have more equality throughout America than and the Western countries than the world has ever seen.

We looked at how many different groups of people banded together within themselves and changed the world forever, both for them and everyone else. We can all learn lessons from this part of out history and apply it to the times that we live in today. Stand up against corruption and incorrect views, make your voice known, and violence usually not a good option.

7 thoughts on “Minorities, Women, and Rights

  1. Like you said, the Civil Rights Movement had many positive outcomes for minorites, but they struggled greatly to get where they are. I don’t think we really realize how good we had it and we definitely took our rights for granted, something the minorites didn’t have. I agree that the blacks benefited the most from the Civil Rights Movement because they were the ones that faced the most challenges. I wonder if things would have ever changed if minorites did not push for equality. Definitely a very influential time in history. Good post!

  2. I fully agree with you that African Americans benefited the most from the Civil Rights movement. It was so important that groups of people were able to band together and make a difference. Even today many minorities, women, and LGBT people continue to fight for freedoms. Without the drastic changes made mainly in the 1960s life would be a lot different. What aspects of life do you believe would be different for women and African Americans if the Civil Rights movement never occurred? Through the help of the Supreme Court, Martin Luther King, Jr., the presidents, and simply the strength of many individuals, the Civil Rights movement became very important for the rest of history.

  3. Good post! You did a good job talking about a very broad and important topic. I agree that African Americans benefited the most from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. If these groups hadn’t been willing to fight for what was right life would be very different today. Still today some of the groups you talked about are fighting for equality. More people need to stand up for what they believe in and fight for what is right.

  4. Civil rights was a time to stand up for what you believed in. During this time however, making an impact and being heard often came at a cost to you or the ones you loved. It is crazy to see the impact this had on our country then compared to how it currently impacts us. A lot of the groups are still fighting for equal rights such as the LGBT community. I do feel the Civil Rights movement allowed us as American’s to know your voice can be heard it’s just a matter of how badly you want it.

  5. The Civil Rights Movement was beneficial for so may people, but mostly those who were fighting to gain equality. It is insane to see the consequences for standing up for yourself and your (now) rights. I’m glad to see so many people who continue to stand up for their rights and what they believe in. Martin Luther king’s “I have a Dream” speech still resonates with me. I really enjoyed that the media had such a big impact during this time as well and it wasn’t all “bad media coverage”. It helped the movement to be televised and broadcast. Where would we all stand if this hadn’t have happened? Would we have any civil contact at all? I enjoyed your breakdown of every one who was fighting for their rights at that time. Sometimes we only focus on one group and it is way more succeeding knowing we have over come so much through different groups!
    Great post!

  6. Good blog post, you did a good job describing the importance of the civil rights moment. The Black people definitely won the civil war, although they didn’t put the effort in well enough to deserve it. Overall this was a good post and I appreciated the work that was put into it. Very good job for your second post.

  7. I enjoyed your post! It was short, sweet, and right to the point. I agree with your last paragraph, we surely do need to learn from history, stand up together, and help one another gain their freedom!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s