Feminism And Feminism

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I. Introduction Divorce is defined as the legal dissolution of a marriage according to the Oxford English Dictionary. If one wishes to begin a petition for divorce, they must be married for at least a year. Prior to the 1970’s the prevalence of divorce was relatively uncommon. There were specific requirements in which a couple had to meet before being eligible to terminate a marriage. However, towards the end of the 70’s no-fault divorces became a popular option allowing couples to file for whatever reason he or she wanted. In 1969–1970, California became the first state to institute so-called no-fault divorce (Wilcox, 2009). These specific laws had a great effect on the rate of divorce, beginning in the 1970’s. Divorce rose from 8% in the 1900’s to a staggering 33% in 1970’s and continued to rise (“Historical Divorce Rate Statistics”, n.d). Alongside the evolution of divorce came the wave of feminism, which is based on the advocacy of women’s rights. Feminism was quite popular. The new consciousness of feminism allowed wives to fell more at peace leaving their marriages that they found to be unsatisfying. This study is of importance because divorce rates in the United States as of today has a crude rate of 3.6 (Stanton, 2015). Although todays divorce crude rate is at its lowest since the 70s, the United States still has a significant number in regards to divorce rates compared to other countries. The United States is number five worldwide for having the highest

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