The First Wave Of Feminism Essay

1550 Words Feb 4th, 2016 7 Pages
While women have come a very long way throughout time when it comes to rights and the way they are viewed there is still a lot more ground to cover. There are three waves of feminism which span different time periods and cover different struggles that have been overcome for women. Many diverse issues have been covered in the first three waves but there is still a lot to be done not only with things that weren’t touched on in the first three but also defining and taking a new stance or approach on the critical problems faced in the first three waves. There are a lot of new perspectives that have come about especially since the third wave that need to be brought to the discussion. If there was a fourth wave covering what the first three may have missed I believe its many focus would be on sexual abuse, slut-shaming, women in the work world and the views on the word “feminism” itself.
The first wave of feminism took place in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It began in July of 1848 with the Seneca Falls Convention. The convention, which was fighting for women’s suffrage was run by activists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. This movement emerged when Lucy Stone organized The National Women’s Rights Convention joined by Susan B. Anthony. It wasn’t until 1920 that the 19th amendment was finally added to the constitution, allowing women the right to vote. At the time feminism was in alignment with the abolitionist movement and helped give voice…

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