Women’s liberation movement

Also known as the feminist movement, women’s liberation took hold in the late 1960s, when issues like reproductive rights, sexual violence, equal pay, maternity leave and domestic violence took center stage in national discussions. Baltimore played prominently in the movement. The Baltimore Women’s Liberation Center at 101 E 25th St. offered women-centric courses and meetings, and the city was the site of a 1,000-person protest over women’s rights at Charles Center in 1970. Marylanders like Bernice R. Sandler and Jill Moss Greenberg led the fight for Title IX, the law that outlaws discrimination in education, while Bernice Smith White, a Baltimore resident who became one of three full-time national directors of the Federal Women’s Program, helped break barriers for women of color during this period. Pictured: Emily Toth, who earned her doctorate at the Johns Hopkins University, prepares for a women’s rights demonstration in 1970.

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