The decade of the 1970s proved to be an eventful time for American women. For those who supported the movement to increase women's rights, progress finally seemed possible. Advancements such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, Title IX, the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, the opening of battered women's shelters, and the increased number of organized groups that encouraged and assisted women all gave hope to ferninists. While much more needed to be done, women had taken some steps forward. ln November of 1977, a conference took place in Houston, Texas to provide Americans with an opportunity to discuss issues of importance to women. Plank 23 of the National Plan of Action, adopted at the National Women's Conference, declared that legislation should be enacted "to eliminate discrimination on the basis of sexual and affectional preference."
"Lesbianism, Feminism, and the National Women's Conference of 1977: A Turning Point,"
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