Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Timeline: United States: 1980s

1980s: The Backlash Decade

This was the decade of the "power woman" with her shoulder pads and high ambitions. Television shows such as Murphy Brown, Who's The Boss, and Designing Women, and films such as 9 to 5 demonstrated women's entry into the mainstream workforce, her economic independence, and ambition, but also her intolerance for sexism.

Worldwide elections also showed women's increased rise to power. In the U.S., Sandra Day O'Connor was appointed the first woman to the Supreme Court and Geraldine Ferraro more

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