Most newspapers had a separate women’s section for decades. Much of the content consisted of fashion, food, weddings and club news. Yet, starting in the 1950s and the 1960s, content we would recognize today as feminist began to pop up in the women’s pages. Sprinkled among the traditional content were stories about domestic violence, pay inequity and the need for daycare.
In the 1970?s, women’s liberation movement leaders called for the end of the women’s pages, arguing that women’s news should be on the front pages and in the news sections. It was a great idea in theory but it failed in practice. Newspapers responded by replacing women’s pages with lifestyle or entertainment sections, but they didn’t increase coverage of women’s issues.
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