Elizabeth Cady Stanton : America 's First Feminist

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton: America’s First Feminist

Feminism. The word, depending on the person, could leave a sweet or sour taste. It means, simply, “The advocacy of women 's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men”(oxforddictionaries.com). But the connotation varies, from the aggressive to the convincing. When the eight-letter word pops into someone 's brain, they might picture powerful modern and inspiring figures, like Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person, male or female, to receive a nobel peace prize, or Emma Watson, an actress in Hollywood protesting wage gaps. But the negative connotation is much more widely known. According to theyoungpost.com, “in a recent poll in the UK carried out by YouGov, only 19% of the public were willing to identify themselves as feminists, but 81% believe women should be treated equally to men”. Those are the same thing right? No, not in the public’s eyes. “A lot of people confuse the core of feminism with the values of being ‘male haters’ and female superiority”, said an article in the Mancunion, Britain’s largest student newspaper. How did it ever fall so far? Feminism didn’t have this rough of a public meaning back when the word was used for the first time. According to The Oxford dictionary, the word feminist came from the french word féministe, and came about in the 19th century. America’s powerful fight for today’s women 's rights began in the late 1840’s. Lead by none other than strong, independant…
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