Sexually Transmitted Diseases
In the 1970s, nearly 25 sexually transmitted diseases surfaced; these diseases, were of course, spread through sexual that were unprotected. This was a "hidden" epidemic and because of this, many people were not well-educated on the diseases until it was too late; meaning, the person uneducated contracts the disease.
Nearly 65 million were affected by one or more STD's, most of which were not aware of the disease they had. The thing about an STD was that anyone could contract it, regardless of sexual orientation, by having unprotected sex. Women were more at risk to contracting a sexually transmitted disease because many STD are transferred from male to female; oftentimes, males were carriers and did not show symptoms of the STD they had.
Sexually transmitted diseases changed culture in America because people that contracted a disease were often looked down on. Symptoms of the disease were often lifelong, affecting everything from the ability to have children to the ability of the children being born with an STD.
Roe vs. Wade
In the infamous court case, Roe vs. Wade, Norma McCorvey (or Jane Roe, as she was known in this case). In this case, McCorvey was a poor pregnant Texas woman; she tried time and time again to have an abortion because she was not ready to have a child. However, Texas state laws dictated that an abortion could only happen if the conception was rape; therefore, she was not able to get the abortion she wanted because her conception was not rape.
Those that favored "pro-life" believed the life of the fetus is more important than that of the mother. They believe that life begins at conception, but "pro-choice" believed that life begins at birth.
Two lawyers decided to challenge the state's strict abortion laws and took her case. The results of the case today still affect whether or not women are able to get abortions. Today, "pro-life" and "pro-choice" battles still rage on.
Equal Rights Amendment
All throughout history, women have had significantly less rights than men. In 1920, women were finally given the right to vote, but not much happened again until the 1970s. In 1970, A U.S. Representative stated, "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." Simply put, this meant that rights should be equal no matter what gender a person is.
From the Equal Rights Movement has sprouted extreme movements such as feminism in the last decade. While the main goal of feminists is to make sure women are equal to men, but most feminist radicals try to put women's rights over men.