Essay on Feminism And The First Wave

1351 Words Aug 1st, 2016 6 Pages
Feminists and scholars have divided the feminist movement 's history into three "waves". The first wave refers mostly to the women 's suffrage movements of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The second wave contains the ideas and actions associated with the women 's liberation movement beginning in the 1960s, campaigning for legal and social rights for women. The third wave consists of the reactions and results of the second wave’s ideas beginning in the 1990s. Although the terms "feminism" and "feminist" did not gain widespread use until the 1970s, they were already being used in the everyday language much earlier. As a result of these three waves, women today are flourishing in ways never before possible and inch closer and closer to gender equality with each passing generation. The term Feminism was first used in France in the 1880s but eventually spread reaching European counties and North and South America by the early 1900s. The term was created by combining the French word “femme” meaning woman and “-isme” referring to a movement or ideology. The creation of the word alone opened up a whole world of opportunities for the growth of women in society. Of course, there have always been challengers of the feminist movements since its very origin. Many believed women did not require the same rights as men and critiqued the movement as a whole. These doubts are largely what caused women to rise up and fight for their rights they deserved (Sklar). Feminism had…

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