The History Of Feminism

Many people think that Feminism is a 21st century invention, when it has actually been around since the 1800s.The common misconception of Feminism is that its purpose is that women are better than men, when it’s completely far from it. Feminism is actually the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. (Feminism) Feminism first started by just trying to get women the right to vote but now it has developed immensely but we still have a long way to go. Feminism was vital for women to gain their freedom and independence. Feminism essentially started to form and rise up around 1848. The first women’s rights convention was held in 1848, in Seneca Falls, New York. Through this convention the movement spread out from New York and throughout the rest of the United States. They were able to sign the Declaration of Sentiments soon after which set the agenda for the women’s right movement. The main organizer of the convention was Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who also drafted the Declaration of…show more content…
In 1971, Ms. Magazine is published and becomes a major forum for feminist voices and Gloria Steinem, editor and cofounder, became an icon of the modern feminist movement. (Imbornoni) In 1982, both men and women achieve equality of rights under the law regardless of sex when the Equal Rights Amendment is passed by Congress. (Imbornoni) In 1973, one of the most famous cases takes place, Roe v. Wade, which caused the Supreme Court to establish a woman’s right to safe and legal abortions. (Imbornoni) Women were being denied employment because they were or may become pregnant but in 1978 the Pregnancy Discrimination Act put an end to that. The EMILY’s List (Early Money Is Like Yeast) is established in 1984 to increase the number of pro-choice women elected to Congress and was founded by Ellen Malcolm. (EMILY 's

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