The Sexes: Women: Still Number Two But Trying Harder

The angry rhetoric has cooled, the marches are less frequent, and so are the ritual roastings of that familiar foe, the male chauvinist pig. A more mature feminism has come to focus on the drive for equality on the job, in the home and in the nation's political life. Three years ago, in a special issue devoted to an examination of "The New Woman" (March 20, 1972), TIME set out to report, among other things, where she stood in politics, business, the professions and other fields. Since then, events have sharpened the American woman's perception of herself and her future.

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