Civil Rights Act of 1964 By: Erin puwdill

Background Information

-Many events led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 such as desegregation public schools, Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat, freedom rides, and many more memorable events. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed by Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964.

Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Goal of this Event

-Goal of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was to end discrimination on the basis of sex and race in hiring, promoting, and firing. Back then, women and people of color found it harder to find jobs because society didn't think they were as strong and reliable as white men.

Who was Involved?

The public people, congress, and the president were all involved in the process of passing this law. The president had to take the citizens' opinions into consideration. Lyndon B. Johnson was the president at this time and he was a huge impact since he was who signed the law.

March for equality and social justice

Obstacles They Had to Overcome

An obstacle they faced was all of the whites that wanted segregation and the people who were against passing the law. They overcame this obstacle by considering all of the positives of passing the law which outweighed any possible negatives.

Outcome/Lasting Impact of Event

The event made major changes when you look at society in the 1960s compared to today's society. Besides the fact that women are still paid less than men today, it is far easier for a woman to get a job today than it was in the 1960s.

Recent statistics of the number of employed men compared to number of employed women

Modern inequality that takes place today

Gender groups, specifically women, are affected by this today because the pay gap is directed at them. Women are payed 14-18% less than men in some places. This can greatly affect women especially when they are a single mother trying to support their family.

How is this similar to the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The modern pay gap between men and women is similar to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because the law that was passed was made to prevent the pay gap from happening. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed to stop certain genders and races from being treated unequally in the work force. Although the law made major positive changes, there are still problems to this day with the pay gap.

Works cited

N.a (10 Jun. 2016.). Women's Bureau (WB) - Recent Facts. Retrieved from

National Archives (15 Aug. 2016.). The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. National Archives. Retrieved from

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