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Whats Goin On Baby boomers the babies of the 1950s matured into adulthood in the 1970s They realized the mistakes made by earlier generations and were not too shy to speak up about them The mistreatment of women African Americans and other minorities were recognized and acts of the government were questioned The seventh decade of the century was a turbulent time of revolution reform and realization for a people whose awareness was waking from the slumber of the contented 1950s to the harsh realities of war racial prejudice and rampant social injustice The youth of the 70s were very instrumental in spurring change They often used protests to speak against injustice particularly concerning the Vietnam War In 1970 Ohio National Guardsmen were sent to Kent State University to restore order Large student protests were not uncommon during this time but this protest ended in the death of four students and the injury of many others Gordon In 1971 an amendment to the Constitution was passed giving citizens above the age of 18 instead of 21 the right to vote Image Nine If those 18 could be drafted to fight for their country in war or police action they wanted the right to be recognized as citizens with the voice of a vote Women in the 1970s also continued speaking out against many previously ignored injustices One of the most instrumental organizations working for the equal rights of women was the National Organization for Women established in 1966 During the 70s they continued their work toward ending sexual discrimination The organization also worked toward the legalization of abortion and the repeal of any anti-abortion law In 1973 in an important case for womens rights the Supreme Court found in Roe v Wade that a Texas anti-abortion law violated a womans right to privacy Reuters Women also protested and legally fought to earn equal wages as men as they moved actively into the
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