The Three Eras Of Feminism

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The F-Word
It’s undeniable that Feminism is an ever-evolving topic. The very nature of the movement is to take on new goals once old ones are accomplished. This creates a movement that is always evolving and adapting. Until complete gender equality is achieved feminist will always have something to fight for. Feminism, as a movement, has come to American society in three fairly distinct eras, called waves. The First Wave began around the 1840s and lasted through the 1950s, the Second Wave running its course from the 1960s to the 1970s and finally the Third Wave starting in the 1980s ad continuing into modern day. The eras of feminism each came with their own unique issues and methods of demonstration, as well as their own distinct representation
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One of the first major demonstrations of First Wave Feminism was the picketing of the White House during President Wilson’s presidency. At the time Germany was progressing in gender equality faster then America was willing to. As Germany gave women the right to vote, American women were outraged that they were falling behind. The first major protest was a group of women picketing outside the White House. They were arrested after their banner 's, which compared America to Germany, created great discourse in onlookers. Most demonstrations after that and all the way through the end of First Wave Feminism consisted of protests through picketing and marches (Three Waves of Feminism). First Wave Feminism wasn’t revolutionary in its form of protesting but it worked to lay the groundwork for future feminists to have a platform to stand …show more content…
This is because of social media and the advanced technology of today’s society that allowed women, and men, all over the world connect on the subject and start their own movements in efforts to bring Feminism to where they are as well as globally (Pollitt.). One of the most notable movements spurred from the wide reach of social media is #FreetheNipple. The goal of this movement is to change the regulations that allow male nipples to be shown on television and in print ads but still bans females’. It began on Twitter and quickly spread to other social media outlets and eventually made its way into the “real world” with marches and protests against the sexualization of the female body. Third Wave Feminism also focuses on the double standards seen in society revolving around sex. Marches, such as SlutWalk, are gatherings of empowerment for many women who are trying to reclaim control of their sexuality

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