Feminism is defined as the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of both standard genders. The feminist movement in America started in the late 1800s and spread in the early 1900s. In the beginning of the feminist movement, also known as woman's suffrage, they would hold conventions to try and convince people that women deserved equal rights. Those women and their supporters have fought hard for all the rights that they now possess. But it did not happen over night, it has taken hundreds of years and there are still some inequalities throughout the United States.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott began the fight for equality allowing for the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920 and the publication of one of the most revered novels, The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan. The Feminine Mystique facilitated the beginning of the second wave of feminism, which has carried on into the 21st century. A majority of the nation assumes women now have equal opportunity ... ... middle of paper ... ..., Linda L. and Stephen Beach. Sociology. 3rd Ed.
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).