Week 4 Discussion Spark: Ongoing Social Issues

Week 4 Discussion Spark: Ongoing Social Issues


Identify a historical social, political, or economic issue from the 1980s or 1990s that continue to adversely affect the United States today. Has a movement emerged to successfully address this issue? If yes, what impact has it had? If no, why do you think that no substantial movement has evolved?

Your response should contain at least two significant paragraphs

Discussion: The 80s and the 90s: Social Movements that Defined a Decade

As the United States entered the 1980s, race and gender issues continued to take center stage, but other concerns also became the focus of many grassroots activists. From HIV/AIDS awareness to the environment, activists challenged local, state, and federal authorities and big business to improve the way of life for humans, animals, and the earth. In many cases, their activism not only raised awareness, but also spurred increasing government intervention.

For this week’s Discussion, you will identify a social movement that you believe defined a decade.


Post a 2- to 3-paragraph explanation of how one social movement defined either the decade of the 1980s or the decade of the 1990s. Include in your posting a brief description of the movement, a rationale for its relevance, and the impact that this movement has had on the both the United States and the world.