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Civil Rights Movements and Their Effect on Social Change

Week 4 Learning Resources

Required Resources

*Important Readings below need to be read for my source page*

•Koppelman, K. L. (2014). Understanding human differences: Multicultural education for a diverse America (4th ed). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

oSection 3, “Contemporary Dilemmas for Intergroup Relations”

Chapter 10, “Sexism: Where the Personal Becomes Political” (pp. 240–263)

Chapter 11, “Heterosexism: Transforming Homosexuality from Deviant to Different” (pp. 264–288)


•Reddick, M., Nelson, M. J., & Caulfield, R. P. (2009). Racial and gender diversity on state courts. The Judges’ Journal, 48(3), 28–32.


•Independent Television Services. (Producer). (2013). Half the sky: Turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide [Video file]. Retrieved from


Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 6 minutes.

Optional Resources

•American Civil Liberties Union (Producer). (2010c). Mississippi sheriff’s department fires corrections officer for being gay [Video file]. Retrieved from

•American Civil Liberties Union (Producer). (2012d). Victim of LBGT bullying in Ohio school tells his story [Video file]. Retrieved from

•C-SPAN (Producer). (2010). Oppression of women and girls [Video file]. Retrieved from

•C-SPAN (Producer). (2013). Gender diversity in the courts [Video file]. Retrieved from




Discussion – Week 4

Civil Rights Movements and Their Effect on Social Change

The Civil Rights Act, enacted in 1964, makes gender discrimination (sexism) illegal. This act, along with the civil rights movements (generally referred to as the Women’s Rights and Gay Rights movements) that advocate equal rights for women in general and lesbians, bisexuals, gay men, and transsexuals, have made fundamental changes for gender and gay equality. With this in mind, what examples of social change can be credited to the influence of these civil rights movements in both the 20th and early 21st centuries? What are some of the fundamental changes that have been made as a result of these movements to combat sexism and heterosexism and to enhance women’s rights and gay rights in the workplace and in society in general?

To prepare

Review the Resources for this week.

View the media for this week, paying particular attention to the narratives about global female oppression

•Write 1 to 2 paragraphs about the effects of the Civil Rights Movement on sexism and heterosexism in the Women’s and Gay Rights Movements of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Explain the efforts to combat sexism and heterosexism that came out of the social change credited to these movements.