Effects Of Second Wave Feminism

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How did Second Wave Feminism affect the lives of women?

Second Wave feminism is recgonized as an active period of feminist activism beginning in the 1960’s and ending in the late 1980’s. The fight for legal equality and suffrage began with the First Wave feminists in the nineteenth and early twentieth century and much of the basis for Second Wave feminism is based in the views of equality between men and woman. Second Wave feminism worked to create greater equality in social aspects and establish clear rights of woman. Second Wave feminism spread globally and created a large recgonition of the inequality women face. Second Wave feminism’s global affect irreversibly changed western culture and created progress internationally. Second Wave
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Reproductive rights is legally defined as the rights for all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to the highest attainable standard of sexual and reproductive health. A supreme court case called Roe vs. Wade of 1973 filed by Roe (P), a pregnant single woman, brought a class action suit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas abortion laws. These laws made it a crime to obtain or attempt an abortion except on medical advice to save the life of the mother. A woman’s right to choose was considered an important aspect of womans liberation as the ability to have control over ones body was considered a crucial aspect of human rights. Second Wave feminism was the leading force inthe movement for womens heath and reproductive …show more content…
Today women hold 4.4% of Fortune 500 CEO positions, make up 19.3% of the House of Representatives, have won 1% of Nobel Prizes and are not given equal protection under the laws in more than fifty countries. Approximately sixty three million girls denied the right to an education because of their sex and millions of daughters are killed because they were born a girl and inherently less valued. When women make up 65% of consumer product purchases and use social media and networking sites at a rate of 600% more than men and so few have positions at the corporations that are marketing to them, women are falling behind. When fifth grade girls out perform boys in every subject, on average have higher gpa’s than their male countetparts, earn more college degree’s than men but earn on average 79% of what on average men earn, it is clear something is wrong. However second wave feminism’s ideals are still in effect and working to change the inequality women

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