1977 - 2001 End of the Twentieth Century

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, mission specialist, carries her son Wilson Miles-Ochoa following the STS-96 crew return at Ellington Field. June 7, 1999. NASA on The Commons, via flickr

Key Ideas

  1. Women contributed to the conservative movement (and resistance to it) in the 1980s as well as the resurgence of progressive politics in the 1990s.
  2. Greater access to information and technology changed the daily lives of women from many different backgrounds.
  3. The gains of the 1970s feminist movement allowed women greater access to opportunities in education, politics, and the workplace, although these opportunities were different for women of diverse backgrounds.
  4. The experiences of women in this period varied widely based on race, class, age, gender identity, and geographic region.