First Wave Of Feminism

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The term feminism, as described by MerrianWebster.com, is the belief that men and women deserve equality in all opportunities, treatment, respect, and social rights. The first appearance of feminist activism was during the late 19th and early 20th century as women fought for the right to vote. This is known as the first wave of feminism. The second took place between the 1960-80’s, which focused on other forms of discrimination besides voting. This wave still continues and coexists with what is considered the third, modern wave of feminism that was developed in the 1990’s. The third wave focuses on the place of feminism within the growing world and reaches to include all women regardless of race or status. Feminism seeks to gain an equal system …show more content…
Thanks to feminism, women can now vote, own property, start their own business, get a job outside the home, don’t have to quit working after marriage, and can’t be fired or denied a job just because they’re pregnant. Also, any money earned is theirs to keep and they are no longer property of a man (father/ husband). Women can choose whether or not to get married, go to college, serve in the military, wear pants, or choose whether or not to have children. Feminism also helped acquire laws against marital rape, stalking, child molestation, sexual harassment, spousal abuse, get laws for parental leave for (both) parents, and continue to fight for equal pay for equal …show more content…
More women than men – 38 percent versus 18 percent – identified as feminist, but in neither group did a majority use the label. Why then, when feminism has done so much for the equality of the sexes, are people so reluctant to wear its title?
Feminism preaches its reach towards equality between men and women, but many question whether it is more a movement that focuses solely on the rise of women and less on equality. Even the name is restrictive. If the movement were actually focused on equality and not boosting women to a higher advantage than men, then why is it not called egalitarianism or some other, more inclusive name? Why doesn’t it cover any problems or injustices that aren 't 100% exclusively about

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