First Wave Feminist Movemnt Essay

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First Wave Feminist Movement

Introduction Feminism is considered a political concept. It is an analysis of why and how women are oppressed. It is a vision of a society where women are liberated and sex role stereotypes are no more. It is also a conviction that oppression of women is a contradiction in society. Women feminists fought for their right to not be property, rights to their inheritance, rights to an education and to a religion that was not patriarchal. Even though feminism had been seen for quite some time, the actual term "feminist" was not first used until 1912. "The modern feminist movement began a as result of sweeping social, political and industrial changes in Europe and the United
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Islam women had rights in marriage, divorce and inheritance. "Many women from disparate backgrounds and social causes contributed to its development, but the movement has ideological roots in France" (Conger). In 1610, a French noblewoman started the first salon. Salons were gatherings for intellectual discussion. Salon participation was reserved only for the members of the upper class. Salons offered the first secular outlet for educated women to engage in intellectual discussion with men. Women lead the Peasants' Revolt Against British Serfdom in the 14th century. "Notably was Johanna Ferrour who ordered the violent beheading of Lord Chancellor and Archbishop of Canterbury Simon of Sudbury" (Fisher). Also during this time, women writers, Simone de Beauvoir and Christine de Pizan, took up their pens in defense of their sex. "European feminists such as Marguerite de Navarre and Anna Marie van Schurman attacked misogyny and promoted the education of women" (Fisher). During the Victorian age in Europe, feminist writers, such as the Bronte sisters and Elizabeth Gaskell, published novels depicting women's misery and frustration. "The Revolutionary War in 1774 and the French Revolution in 1789 also advanced the concept of women's freedom. Both revolutionary themes focused on mankind's equality, although women's equality wasn't highlighted. Nevertheless, by mobilizing more women politically and establishing a consensus of freedom

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