Feminist Theory, Feminism, And Cultural Norms That Limit Income, Educational And Job Opportunities For Women

785 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Feminist theory, or feminism, is described as the belief that social equality should exist between the sexes (Chambliss, Eglitis, 2014). Feminist believe that women should enjoy the same rights in society as men and that should we share equality in society’s opportunities. By assigning people to one or two groupings- male or female- society has created a difference between them. The few basic principles of feminism are:
• Working to increase equality: Feminist thought links ideas to action, insisting we should push for change toward gender equality and not just talk about it.
• Expanding human choice: Feminists believe that both men and women should have the freedom to develop their human interests and talents, even if those interests and talents conflict with the status quo. For example, if a woman wants to be a mechanic, she should have the right and opportunity to do so.
• Eliminating gender stratification: Feminists oppose laws and cultural norms that limit income, educational and job opportunities for women.
• Ending sexual violence and promoting sexual freedom: Feminists feel that women should have control over their sexuality and reproduction. (Moffit, 2015).
Women have fought for gender equality for over 100 years through voting rights, career opportunities’/pay equality, birth/abortion rights, and education rights. Organized feminism did not begin until the first Women 's Conference held in Seneca Falls, America, in 1848. First, the Women 's Movement evolved out of…

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