The Three Waves Of Feminism In Western Society

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The feminist movement refers to a series of campaigns for reforms on womens rights issues such as voting rights, reproductive rights, the right to hold public office, the right to earn fair wages and equal pay, education rights, the right to ownership of property, domestic violence, maternity leave, women 's suffrage, sexual harassment, and sexual violence, all of which fall under the label of feminism. Feminism in western society has undergone three waves. First-wave feminism was oriented around the station of middle- or upper-class white women and involved suffrage and political equality. Second-wave feminism attempted to further combat social and cultural inequalities. Third-wave feminism is continuing to address the financial, social and cultural inequalities and includes renewed campaigning for greater influence of women in politics and media. In reaction to political activism, feminists have also had to maintain focus on women 's reproductive rights, such as the right to abortion. These range of movements and ideologies were instigated to end the objectification and sexualization of women for the sole benefit of men and to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women placing them on the same …show more content…
Early feminists such as Betty Friedan concentrated almost solely on "making women equal to men". She believed the focus should be to bring “women into full participation in the mainstream of America . . . [and] exercising all the privileges and responsibilities thereof in a truly equal partnership with men”; a dedication carried by NOW or the National Organization for Women. In her 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique, which is credited for the start of second-wave feminism, Betty Friedan describes the widespread unhappiness of women in the 1950s and early 1960s despite living in material comfort and being married with

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