6I’m OK, You’re Okay: How to be your own best friend Tom Wolfe coined the phrase the “Me” decade to refer to American’s attitude in the 1970s.Popular books of the day:I’m OK, You’re Okay: How to be your own best friendLooking out for #1.
7New Age Movements:ZenMartial ArtsTai chiYogaCrystals
8Transcendental Meditation One fad of the day was transcendental meditation – a way to meditate and seek release from the grind of life.The most well known gurus was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
9The Beatles followed him for a while, which made it even more popular.
10Changing family dynamic: One of the most significant cultural changes of the day was the changing role of women.In the Work force:1970 – 60% of women between the ages of 16 and 24 joined the workforce.1970 – Women between the ages of were the largest annual percentage of growth in the workforce.
11The impact of the more women in the workforce: Lower birth ratesChildren spending less time with their parents – babysitters, latch-key kidsIncreased divorce rate.
12Television:TV began to portray women in a different light, more modern, less traditional roles.IndependentSingle mothersMary Tyler Moore show - single women, making it successfully in the workforce.
13More uncomfortable “issues” were dealt with on television. Topics like: AbortionRacismPovertyThe ground breaking sitcom to deal with many of these issues with a funny “in-your-face” approach was All in the Family.