20 Astonishing Things That Were Off-Limits To Women In 1960

Image: David Weidman
Image: David Weidman

It’s fair to say that a great deal has changed for women in society since 1960. Indeed, the efforts of millions of women through educating, campaigning and changing perceptions have all led to a fairer society for us today. But although there is more to do to achieve gender equality, a look back at some of the almost unbelievable restrictions American women faced during that year show how far we’ve come since.

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Image: Ron Moran/Getty Images for Daily Express/Hulton Archive

20. Have a job that required physically difficult work

As women were still often viewed as the weaker sex in 1960, many companies did not allow women to apply to physically strenuous jobs. And it wasn’t until 1969, after a court case was filed against Colgate-Palmolive, that the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that capable women could apply to and win these roles, too.

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19. Protect themselves legally against sexual harassment or discrimination at work

Until the 1964 Civil Rights Act, there was no legal protection for women in the workforce who were treated differently due to their gender. The only options for the 1960 woman in a sexist work environment, then, were to tolerate it or leave.

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