Waves Of Feminism

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Feminism in the U.S
Since the late 1800s, Americans saw the rise of feminist who championed for women’s suffrage in the United States. The fight for women’s suffrage which began right after the American civilization was spearheaded by Elizabeth C. Stanton and Susan Anthony. Rory Dicker retraces the three waves of feminism experienced in America in her book ‘A History of U.S. Feminisms’. In her book, she describes the struggle the feminist had to go through in fighting for equality and women suffrage. 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). Similarly, the second wave also fought for gender equality. The women were fighting against male supremacy that undermined the women’s contribution to the socio-political front. Dicker quotes, ‘... It was and is the conditions women face, its male supremacy we want to change...

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...ork places, and in other legal settings. For example, Dicker details the contribution of Betty Friedan in the feminist movement. Therefore, the second is considered as liberation of the women from the socio-economic limitations that existed.
In summary, Dicker articulates the changes the first and second waves of feminism had in the lives of the women. She also indicates the similarities and differences both waves had in influencing the changes. Given the difference in focus and dynamics of both waves, it is clear that the differences outweighed the similarities of both waves given the difference in timeline and the issues the women faced in both. It suffices to conclude that the differences outweighed the similarities in the first and second waves of feminism.

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Dicker, R. A History of U.S. Feminisms. Berkeley: Seals Press, 2008. Print.

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