In Britain in 1967, a man working in a factory was paid about £21 a week, while a woman was paid only £10 a week for doing exactly the same job.
Women’s Liberation became a burning issue in the 1960s, under the leadership of dedicated campaigners such as Betty Friedan. Women took to the streets demanding equality and burning their bra’s along the way – for the first time, men got to see women’s underwear in daylight.
In 1970, a new book by a controversial new author hit the shops. The book was The Female Eunuch and the author was Germaine Greer.
The book examined female stereotyping and women’s sexuality – the press at the time said it was “guaranteed to offend nearly everyone”.
According to Greer, an Australian lecturer at the University of Warwick in England, the book was designed to be an inspiration to women, maintaining that if women realised their true potential as independent people, the world would be a far better place. She argued that traditional marriage was just a legalised form of slavery for women.
1975 was proclaimed “International Women’s Year”