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How did the second wave of feminism advance women's rights?
Answered by Discovery Fit & Health
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  1. The feminist movement was rejuvenated in the 1960s, fueled by a growing anger regarding the discrimination between the sexes. The second wave of feminism derived its power from mass activism and through coalition building. The National Organization for Women was founded in 1966 and spearheaded the fight for gender equality and reproductive freedom. Other groups, such as the Redstockings, encouraged a grassroots movement, promoting consciousness of the feminist struggle. Issues such as domestic violence, access to childcare and abortion took the spotlight. In 1972, the first rape crisis hotline was set up, and a year later, abortion was legalized in Roe v. Wade.

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