Objective: Part 1: Chapter 1 In Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women various segments of 1980s society blame feminism of the late 1960s and early 1970s for the ills facing contemporary society. Popular culture is then used to put women psychologically and physically back in their "proper" place. Politicians, journalists, clergy, business leaders, physicians, and the legal profession each use "the tools of their trade" to highlight the negative effects of feminism on women, families, and society. This lesson will help students understand how societal issues impact various professions and how numerous professions impact societal norms, beliefs, and practices.
1) Group discussion and whole-class sharing: Divide the class into four groups: politicians, journalists, clergy, and physicians/researchers. Each group is to discuss:
a) How their profession would use "the tools of their trade" (e.g.: a lawyer litigating cases to improve maternity leave policies) to highlight both the positive...
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