GED Social Studies : Women's Rights

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GED Social Studies

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Civil Rights And Demographics

Why is the Seneca Falls Convention important in US history?

Possible Answers:

It led to the adoption of the Articles of Confederation.

It was the first organized meeting to promote social equality and justice for minorities.

It led to the age of conscription being lowered from twenty-one to eighteen.

It was the first organized meeting to promote women's’ rights.

It led to prohibition of alcohol.

Correct answer:

It was the first organized meeting to promote women's’ rights.

Explanation:

The Seneca Falls Convention took place in 1848. It was the first large-scale organized meeting promoting the advancement of women’s rights.

Example Question #187 : Content Areas

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 __________.

Possible Answers:

made it illegal to fire a woman for taking maternity leave

established that Congress could not make adjustments to its own pay structure

made it illegal to pay women less than men for working in the same position

established that the Presidency would not be a salaried position, allowing people other than the extremely wealthy to run for office

made it illegal to pay minorities less than whites for working in the same position

Correct answer:

made it illegal to pay women less than men for working in the same position

Explanation:

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 attempted to prohibit the disparity that existed in almost all businesses between the wages given to men and women. It made it illegal to pay a woman less than a man if they did the same amount of work in the same position. It is an important early law of the Civil Rights Era.

Example Question #188 : Content Areas

Female oral contraception, known as “the Pill” first became available in __________.

Possible Answers:

The 1850s

The 1990s

The 1960s

The 1700s

The 1920s

Correct answer:

The 1960s

Explanation:

The Pill was made widely available for the first time in 1960. The release of a daily oral female contraceptive is perhaps one of the most significant turning points in the movement towards gender equality. For the first time women had near complete control over their own bodies, when they would have children, and their sexual freedom (at least in theory). It allowed women to plan when (and if) they would have children around their careers and life decisions. It led to a dramatic increase in women in the workplace, especially in technical and skilled career paths, and provided much of the impetus for later legal amendments to provide for guaranteed female equality.

Example Question #189 : Content Areas

The first birth-control clinic in the United States was opened in the __________.

Possible Answers:

1910s

1930s

1940s

1960s

1890s

Correct answer:

1910s

Explanation:

Although the birth-control pill was not legally available to women until 1960, the first birth-control clinic in the United States was opened in New York City in 1916. This was a major development in the improvement of women’s rights and in the autonomy available to women in society as for the first time some women could control if and when they would have children.

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