Feminism And Its Impact On Women Essay

1413 Words Dec 9th, 2014 6 Pages
The Greenham Common protests in the 1980s saw unusually high levels of female participation. The protests saw women engaging with politics on the extremely important issue of US nuclear missiles being stored on British army bases. A whole new generation of women now felt confident enough to attempt to blockade a US Air Force base, as Jill Liddington argues. This can be identified as another potential turning point for feminist progress. Greenham was symbolically significant, as it seemed to give many women a new confidence, with many going on to college. Although this participation was good for women, their attention had been swallowed up, once again, by non-women’s issues. Laura Shepherd makes the important observation that although the Greenham Common Peace Camp displayed active women on television, they were displayed as mothers. This adds weight to the claim that gender roles still existed and that second wave feminists had been unsuccessful in gaining equality for women.
Although the primary limitations on the impact of feminism were directly related to its own organisation, the political climate up until the 1990s also restricted feminist influence. The end of the Second World War saw the dawn of an era of consensus politics, with Richard Toye claiming that the ability to compromise was a virtue unique to Britain. Unfortunately, this compromise restricted the progression of feminist goals as consensus politics rejected ideas that fell outside the status quo. The…

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