Classical Feminist Analysis

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The work of the classical feminists such as, Harriet Martineau, Jane Addams, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Ann Oakley have all paved the way for the contemporary feminist movement. Three main aspects in which they all help build in the female gender are Academics, Work and Sexuality. Many classical feminists such as Jane Addams and Harriet Martineau had believed that women should be given academic opportunities. Jane Addams is well known for her social work and empowerment of women in education, she saw education as the foundation for society and lead the way for adult education. She took measures into her own hand and created a “Hull House”, in which she had a college for adults. Martineau believed that women can give more to society …show more content…
Martineau stated that women have the ability to give more to society rather than just holding the occupation of a house wife. An easy example of this is in the field of Sociology, as feminist, Rhonda Reddock, referred to classical feminist, Ann Oakley, in the fourth chapter of the book, “The International Handbook of Sociology”, in which she made the statement, “Until recently sociology was to a large extent a predominantly male profession. The majority of our textbooks have been written by men and in many parts of the world sociologists are still predominantly male. A 1972 study quoted by Oakley noted that women were under-represented as full professors, editors of journals, and in sociological publications. Much has probably changed since then in that students of sociology are increasingly female, but men still dominate teaching and research positions in most parts of the world.” Women today are holding the same positions that were typically held by men. Positions such as Sociologists, Teaching, Doctors and even Politicians are now consisted of a vast amount of women. In Trinidad and Tobago in the year two thousand and ten, the country saw their very first female prime minister being elected this was a historical event for women in the …show more content…
The second wave in particular was radical and focused on the sexuality and reproductive rights of women. It started from around the nineteen sixties all the way through to the nineteen nineties and included all women of different races from different countries including developing nations such as the Caribbean. This wave critiqued mainly on women’s role as a wife and a mother as well as patriarchy and capitalism. They felt as if women were dominated by patriarchy and treated as both sex and beauty objects by men. As a result this wave gave women a voice and helped them to be treated equally and to be given more opportunities that they didn’t have before. This proved Martineau’s theory stated earlier on, as women used social reform and came together to fight for their main goal which was the right to be treated equally as men in which they achieved it. As stated before this wave included women from the Caribbean this would have helped in women owning their sexuality in the Caribbean especially in the island of Trinidad and Tobago. Today women are fully in charge of their sexuality as seen during the event of Carnival. Women are allowed the freedom to wear the costumes of their choice and parade the streets of the island with

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