College of Arts and Sciences

19722012: Forty Years in Feminist History

First Mondays Series

Janet Badia, Women's StudiesJanet Badia, associate professor and director of women's studies

March 19, 2012

The year 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of several landmarks in feminist history in the United States, including the birth of Ms. Magazine, the Supreme Court ruling in Eisenstadt v. Baird that granted unmarried persons the right to use contraceptives, and the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment and enaction of Title IX of the Education Amendments by Congress. While the ERA died without ratification by 38 states, the other achievements of 1972 had a profound impact on women’s daily lives. In this presentation, Janet Badia reflected on that impact, focusing on the changes both to the national culture and to individual women’s lives, including her own.