Dicker describes the revolutionary movements that brought about the changes in the society in terms of gender equality and women's rights. Although Dicker reveals significant similarities between the types of struggles in the first and second waves of feminism in the United States, ultimately she demonstrates that the differences outweigh the similarities. In the first wave of feminism, Dicker depicts the struggle that the women are going through to attain women’s right to vote and equality. In the nineteenth century, women were prohibited from voting and feminist such as Susan Anthony got in trouble when then went to vote and were faced with charges. As evidenced in the quote from the book, ‘... women deserved to make their voices heard and, in so doing, create laws that would benefit and protect them,’ the right to vote not only women gave them a chance to make socio-political changes in the country that would empower them, but also gender equality (Dicker 54).
Annie Lennox said, “We all fight over what the label ‘feminism’ means but for me it’s about empowerment. It’s not about being more powerful than men – it’s about having equal rights with protection, support, justice. It’s about very basic things.” This quote summarizes the true meaning of feminism. It also addresses the goals of feminism; not to be more powerful than men, but to be equals. According to Merriam Webster dictionary, feminism is “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” However, feminism is more than equality between genders.
Andrew Cravalho Instructor Kristen O’Shea, PhD May 16, 2014 Final: Research Paper Understanding Gender Differences: Examining Feminism Perspective Within the modern feminist movement much effort has been made to find the likeness between men and women. Liberal feminism has taken the stand that little or no significant differences separate genders (Maltin 6). The goal of this reasoning in feminism is equal rights the and thus the destination, gender equality. (Maltin 5) Impassioned women have take up resourceful actions to further their cause and secure these rights. However, by concentrating on the similitude women have constrained their own identity.
Feminism Feminism is a body of political movement and social theory primarily based on and motivated by the experiences of the sexes. While generally providing a critique of social relations, proponents of feminism also focus on analyzing gender inequality and the promotion of women’s rights, interest, and issues. However, having the major goal of developing into an equal society between genders. We have evolved, but our views on gender roles have not evolved. History about feminism and the world of feminists is a good basis to help people understand the true meaning and reasoning behind feminism itself.
27 Mar 2014. http://www.angelfire.com/tx2/amazonsociety/feminism.html). Because of this branching out of categories, ideologies begin to conflict. Socialist feminism will fight for equal pay doing the same jobs as men, where... ... middle of paper ... ...r fans, then what kind of feminist is to say that is wrong? Feminists shouldn’t bash other because they use different methods of obtaining empowerment and equality, but rather embrace what they have to bring to the table. Instead of scoffing at other’s tactics, feminists should “choose their weapon” and use their own strategy to reach equality and create change.
By contrasting the differing feminist ideas of writers like Adrienne Rich, Gertrude Himmelfarb, and Camille Paglia, one defines a winning brand of feminism: a philosophy founded on equity feminist ideology and dedicated to the achievement of social, political, economic, and intellectual reform. David Thomas and Camille Pag... ... middle of paper ... ...minism by "constantly raising the stakes," and seeking "not mere reform or revision...but revolution" (Himmelfarb 20). In this way, they isolate themselves and lose support among both men and women for the entire feminist cause. John Ellis concludes that gender feminism "poisons relations between the sexes, and catapults into leadership roles in the women's movement angry, alienated women who divert that movement from the necessary task of exploring feasible changes" (74). People need to know that feminism, based on its essential ideals and goals, has broad appeal, and that they should not dismiss it because of a specific sector.
During the second wave, Womanism developed because of a disappointment in feminism as it started to focus specifically on white, middle class woman. Womanism concentrates on the intersections of race, gender and class and how equality should be found for people, not just a specific grouping (Nelsons powerpoint). During the second wave, a group identified as the liberal feminists also emerged. They strived for equality in all spheres of life and focused on structural and legal changes that would certify and protect their quality (Nelsons powerpoint). The third wave of feminism, starting in the 1990’s and continuing into the current time is often seen as a more evolved second wave.
In our society today, a very prevalent issue is the awareness of social justice and equality. One of these major social issues is equal opportunities and rights for women. The dictionary definition of feminism is “the advocacy of women 's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men”. In the textbook, Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives, authors Gwyn Kirk and Margo Okazawa-Rey describe feminism as “…the liberation of women and girls from gender-based discrimination. For some this means securing equal rights within existing institutions- such as marriage and the family, law, government policy, and the economy.
Next, came when women wanted to find their voice, more so have equal rights when dealing with wages, jobs, and legal rights they never were allowed. To make the passing of equal rights happen women used the amendment to back what has already been in place for hundreds of years. Lastly, women won the freedom of choice, lifestyle, sexuality, and body, “universal womanhood”, as it’s called. Compared to past feminism has come a long way gaining more headway and understanding in the growing gener... ... middle of paper ... ...with words. The book Sex & Power gave me the more in-depth look at the working class single mother and the struggle they had to decide to stay home or take the risk of leaving the child with a daycare or grandparent until after work.
This consistent maintenance of the status quo of marriage is a major aspect of feminism depicted in screwball comedies (Heather 26). While advocating for marriage, screwball comedies highlighted the shift in the foundations of marriage and greatly highlighted the growth of feminism in light of a shift in roles and expectations surrounding this institution. Feminism is motivated by the need to establish equality between the genders since most feminists attribute women’s problems to inequality between the two genders. Therefore, by way of a collection of political movements and social theories, feminists seek to curb this inequality between men and women. It is important to note that the equality sought after by feminists is not just economic and political, but also social equality.