Sandra Day O'Connor was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, and served from 1981 until 2006. She was the first woman to serve on the supreme court, which speaks volumes to that of women's rights
A.I.D.S—> massive scares—> Gay Man’s disease
Marches were held in order to demand answers to this disease breakout.
The disease now posed the question as to who is responsible? Many blamed homosexuals, but they were largely confused.
Just Say No Campaign- Richard Nixon officially launched the drug war in 1971, but his war was modest compared to Reagan's war. Reagan's presidency marked the start of a long period of skyrocketing rates of incarceration, largely thanks to his unprecedented expansion of the drug war. The number of people behind bars for nonviolent drug law violations increased from 50,000 in 1980 to more than 400,000 by 1997.
choosing the blacks over whites to create diversity
Sandra Day O’Connor
Equal Rights Amendment
"Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."
This simple sentence is from Section 1 of the ERA, which was first proposed in Congress by the National Women's Party in 1923. Feminists of the late 1960s and early 1970s saw ratification of the amendment as the only clear-cut way to eliminate all legal gender-based discrimination in the United States.
Stop-ERA advocates baked apple pies for the Illinois legislature while they debated the amendment. They hung "Don't draft me" signs on baby girls. The strategy worked. After 1973, the number of ratifying states slowed to a trickle. By 1982, the year of expiration, only 35 states had voted in favor of the ERA — three states shy of the necessary total.
Feminist groups maintained that a serious blow was struck toward the idea of gender equity in the United States. They also saw women divided against other women. Despite early gains by the feminist movement, the rise in social conservatism led Americans of both genders to draw limits on a constitutionally mandated equality between the sexes.
The Court of Appeal ruled that there was no ‘fundamental right’ to be gay.
Even the US Army, who had declared homosexuality to be “incompatible with military service” in 1982
Reagan opposed a California initiative to prohibit gays and lesbians from teaching in public schools — but his refusal to speak out about the HIV/AIDS epidemic contributed to the deaths of thousands of Americans and devastated the gay and lesbian community.
Reagan remained silent about HIV/AIDS from the very first confirmed cases in 1981 until the end of his second term, not speaking out about the disease until May 31, 1987.
President Reagan's unflagging optimism and his ability to celebrate the achievements and aspirations of the American people persisted throughout his two terms in office. He was a figure of reassurance and stability for many Americans. Despite his propensity for misstatements, Reagan was known as the "Great Communicator," primarily for his mastery of television.
Trickle Down Theory