Every year since 1927, TIME magazine has named a Person of the Year. The issue goes on to feature a person, a group, an idea, or an object that for better or worse has done the most to influence the events of the year.
In 1975, TIME named its Person of the Year “The American Women”. The opening lines of the famous issue from January 5, 1976, stated: “They have arrived like a new immigrant wave in male America. They may be cops, judges, military officers, telephone linemen, cab drivers, pipefitters, editors, business executives–or mothers and housewives, but not quite the same subordinate creatures they were before (Time, 1976).”
Americans saw this “new wave” nightly on their television sets. Characters like Mary Richards, Rhoda Morgenstern, Ann Romano, Maude Findley, and Alice Hyatt were all examples of the Second Wave of Feminism. They were women who had lived outside the home and wrestled with important issues of the day including dating, marriage, divorce, sexual harassment, equal pay, birth control, and abortion.
For your initial post, define the Second Wave Feminism and discuss how a character from a popular television show of the 1970s reflected the changing role of women in American culture at the time. Please be specific with details about characters and episode content.
Women of the year: Great changes, new chances, tough choices. (1976, January 5). Time, 1-13. http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,947597,00.html