Feminism And Its Effect On Western Culture Essay

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Feminism has had a profound effect on western culture in the past century, and is now beginning to affect the eastern culture as well. Feminism is the belief in social, political and economic equality of the sexes and is organized activity on the behalf of women 's rights and interest (Merriam 418). Feminist theory is one of the major contemporary sociological theories (Crossman n. pag.).
History
The term Feminism was first coined in France in the 1880s, originally said Feminisme. Femme means women and the -ism is in reference to a social movement. (Freedman. 3) Feminist politics began where capitalism, industrial growth, democratic theory and socialist critique came together. Feminism and the politics it represents have been transformed by evolving responses of men and women from numerous cultures (Freedman 2). Feminism began in Europe and North America after 1800. The first U.S. women 's rights convention was held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, where three hundred men and women launched the feminist social movement (Freedman 17) .In one hundred years, an international women 's movement advanced the goals of Feminism in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. (Freedman 2) By 1910, the word formed into a real movement, arguing in favor of women 's common human identity with men as a basis for equal rights. After the women in the United States won the right to vote in 1920, the feminist campaign to pass an equal-rights amendment to the United States…

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