The eighties were an extremely liberating time for women, as it was the time of the second wave of feminism.
This second wave of feminism referred to a series of campaigns that focussed on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, woman’s suffrage and sexual harassment.
The movement began in the 1960s in America, but during the 1980s it spread to other countries such as Japan and New Zealand.
This meant that during the early 80s there was more approval of a married woman earning money in business or industry if she had a husband capable of supporting her.
During this time, magazines and advertisements also started showing women working alongside men.
There were also more job opportunities available to women in the 80s and they began moving into professional and managerial jobs.
It therefore became more common for women to hold executive and administrative positions, such as accountants and buyers.
However, there was still a distinct amount of women who still worked in low pay jobs.
Women in the 1980s were strong, beautiful and talented, and in this post we are celebrating 30 of the most iconic women of that era, from Kylie Minogue right through to Sigourney Weaver!
These women sure packed a punch in the 80s, and we hope that you will enjoy this nostalgic look back at some of the most beautiful and talented!
1. Kylie Minogue
Who can forget Charlene from Neighbours? Since starring in the legendary Aussie soap, Minogue has gone on to become a recording artist and has achieved massive success in the entertainment industry.
Believe it or not, her name ‘Kylie’ means ‘boomerang’ in Australia’s native Aboriginal language, and she was most definitely an important figure in many of our young lives, both on our TV sets and then on our radios, performing cheesy classics such as ‘I Should Be So Lucky’
She’s well known by a few nicknames such as ‘Princess of Pop’ and ‘Goddess of Pop’, but personally we like to think of her as the ‘Queen of Pop’ (sorry Madonna).
‘The Loco-Motion’ was at number one in the Australian charts for seven weeks, and became the best selling single of the 1980s in her native country.
That contributed to Kylie being the highest selling Australian artist of all time, and she has performed 18 tours from 1989 up to the present day.