Feminism And Its Impact On Women

1223 Words Dec 4th, 2014 5 Pages
Feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. So feminism has a dictionary definition, but when it comes to feminists and feminism there are so many different personal definitions that people and groups hold. Feminism has been around for quite a while. There is evidence of women fighting for their equality for the past twenty-four centuries. If you’re looking for an actual date you might be out of luck. What can be said from The Oxford English Dictionary is that the first appearance of “feminist” occurred in 1894 and 1895 for “feminism”. That’s a good one hundred and twenty years on record of women fighting for their rights. Thought those one hundred and twenty (or more) years the span of feminism has become so expansive, that to truly give it a definition would be nearly impossible. There are many periods of feminism as well as feminist theories. The first wave of feminism occurred in the late 1800s; this focused on officially mandated inequalities, and primarily on gaining women’s suffrage. In the mid-1960s the second wave took place; this incorporated the “sociological imagination” during this time a phase was adopted and used widely, “The political is personal.” The focus of this wave was on abortion, birth control, and overall reproductive rights of women. The last wave or third wave started in the 1990s and still exists today. This current wave is challenging the two-gender system. This is also the first time…
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