Feminism is the equality of men and women but has evolved into a fight for more than just two separate sexes. Throughout the three waves of feminism, feminists have fought for equal social rights and expanded this belief to people of all cultures, sexualities, and gender identities. Feminism is defined not only by the 3 major “waves” that took place in America's history for women, but also our raunch culture today, oppression from patriarchy, and our white-run, hetero-normative society. The first wave of feminism involved women fighting for social equality; they wanted the right to vote and get professions outside of the home. Finally, after years of striking and protesting women got the right to vote on July 20, 1920 in the United States of America.
Nonetheless, through the feminist movements, women were able to get some equal rights to men, and are still struggling to get the rights most men take for granted. According to Butler, the struggle became even harder for women with color especially, while dealing with racism and sexism (102). In order to fight and achieve these rights, and fight patriarchy, feminism as well as feminist theory was born. However, the history of feminism has many possible origins, but the most plausible explanation of its origin is the desire for reform in women’s lives. Feminism is a theory or philosophy whereby women are to be equal economically, socially, and politically to men.
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Woman's rights is a dilemma that affected the lives of millions of women worldwide during the 1930s. Even today in certain parts of the world discrimination exists. In places like the United States however, discrimination against women is at a minimum. Today, woman's rights is a topic that has bombarded our society with all kinds of questions that deals with the inequalities of men and woman's rights, the differences between an African American woman's rights and a Caucasian woman's, the advocates of woman's rights and how woman's rights has been mended since the 30s. Women all over the world faced inequality in the 1930s.
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