The Women's Theory: The History Of Feminism

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Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights with the support of men and women to obtain gender equality. It is where the feminist theory originates. Feminist theory explains the role of women in society throughout history and today, socially, economically, and politically. Those who advocate and support this movement are feminist. The goal is to gain equality for men and women, but the approach to obtain this is different. To understand this theory, I will break down the history and ideology of feminism, as it is the root to feminist theory.
Feminism is broken down into three waves. The first wave was during “the women’s suffrage movement,” which began in 1848. The women’s suffrage movement was led by prominent women such as Susan B. Anthony
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Ultimately becoming a mass movement, women around the United States began taking control of their lives. In the 1960s a new era of feminist emerged, fighting for the rights of sexuality, marriage and reproductive rights. Women wanted to be seen as human beings, not property of their husbands’. Suffering from employment discrimination, unequal pay, and an array of bias inconsistencies when compared to male counterparts. “In 1961 President John F. Kennedy created the President 's Commission on the Status of Women and appointed Eleanor Roosevelt to lead it. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 offered the first guarantee, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was amended to bar employers from discriminating on the basis of sex (Britannica.com).” This new wave of feminism continued on throughout the 1970s. Men and women became inspired by this new “liberation movement” separating sex and…show more content…
It began in 1990 and is ongoing in today’s society. The third wave feminist use a radical approach while expanding on the views of the previous waves and taking on non-feminine issues. They are more social, advocating for black women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community (LGBT), and focusing on many different issues, mostly the disadvantages of different social groups through protests and the media. The growth throughout the feminist movement is apparent, yet, there are still so many controversial issues that oppressed groups are working toward improving. Women now have access to birth control, contraception and the freedom of choice to terminate a pregnancy. They can also say ‘no’ to their husbands if they do not want to be sexually engaged. However, the LGBT community has not shared the same accomplishments and freedom as heterosexuals. In most states they cannot marry their companion and share the benefits and rights that come with having a life partner. Feminism has geared far away from its cause and focus since the third wave that some refer to it now as the “post-feminist
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