Culture of the 1970’s

The 1970’s was a time where famous tech companies were founded, and many inventors rised in popularity. Bill Gates launched Microsoft in 1975, and Steve Jobs had co-founded Apple in 1976.

The 1970’s was labeled the ‘Me’ decade by novelist Tom Wolfe, describing it as Americans in particular developing an attitude that made them only look out for themselves. People started leaving behind communitarianism and focused on what was best for themselves.

In other countries, there were also some new records set too. In Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher was elected prime minister in 1979, becoming the first woman to be elected as British Prime Minister. She sought to reverse the high unemployment rates as Prime Minister. So, she employed policies which emphasized deregulation, and flexible labor markets. Some of her policies also influenced the reduction of the power and the influence of trade unions.

She stepped down despite being re-elected twice, due to her supporting an unpopular poll tax, though even after stepping down, she didn’t quit her job in politics. Unfortunately, Margaret died of a stroke in 2013.

The culture of the 1970’s also changed during this time. New music bands such as Bee Gees, ABBA, and KC the Sunshine Band skyrocketed in popularity during the 70’s. R&B and soul music also became popular, with bands like Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, and The Temptations helping it grow popular.

Another part that changed was the fashion. During this time, popular fashion was inspired by the hippie movement. Turtle neck shirts, bell bottomed pants, and platform shoes became very popular articles of clothing. Hairstyles changes as well, with sideburns being popular for men, and feathery cuts being popular for women.

Popular television shows were also made during this time, with Star Wars and Star Trek, galaxy themed series, becoming popular, and still remaining popular to this day.


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