The main focus of this essay will be comparing the changes that have occurred in family settings in the American society. The comparison will take into account the family structure of between 1920's to 1970's. The main subjects of study will be women in the United States. The premise of my essay will be, “How the American families were in the 1970, in comparison with earlier years and what role did women play in this changes?”
Throughout the history of America, women have had fewer employment opportunities and constitutional rights than men in the American society. Motherhood and wifehood regarded as the one of the most significant occupation or profession of the women (Shlaes, 2008). It is not until 20th century, that women in the American society increased their educational and employment opportunities. The main transformation experienced during the 1920's to 1970's. It is during this period that several federal laws enacted in favor of women. The finest example is 1960's which saw laws which improved the economic status of women passed. Civil Rights Act of 1964 is one of the many significant laws passed in favor of women. This law prohibited discrimination against by companies with more than 25 workforces.
There was a notable increase in the number of working married women in various sectors of the economy. This was more experienced in the 1960's and 1970's where there were more women with children in the work force. This period saw many women by elected as members of both the senate and house of representatives. For example, senator, Margaret S. Smith served Maine for 24 years (1949-73). From the above, changes observed in the various aspect of women life impacted heavily on the American families. In the 1970's, teenagers had high rates of births outside marriages and single parenthood started to be part of American society also there was an increase in the rate of divorce among many families (Kennedy, 2006).
In conclusion, the over all American family structure changed totally compared to the earlier years. Women of 1970's are different in terms of economic, social and political empowerment. The women were now free to work and contribute to the upkeep of their families thus they were better off than earlier years (Irons, 2006). Single parenthood and early teenager births were part of the society which was something totally new in America.