Feminism And The Feminist Movement Essay

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The feminist movement has transformed over the past century through the strength of thousands of women who were willing to put their lives and reputations on the line to fight against social injustice. The feminist movement has a common theme: rights and respect for women. However, it’s goals, methods and conceptions of who is included under the identity “feminist” has evolved considerably since the 19th century. The U.S. feminist movement’s objectives have progressed from prioritizing legislation to effect change, to combining policy with the deconstruction of societal norms in to be more inclusive and widespread force. The activists of the first wave feminist movement were focused on fighting for women’s political rights, namely the right to vote. During the 19th and early 20th century, women were obligated to follow the laws but had no political voice. Women were essentially property, passed from one male to another, father to husband or to relative if they didn’t marry. Women didn’t truly own any money they made or any property they inhabited. Women’s opportunities to obtain education were limited and restricted to the wealthy. They were even limited to roles within the church--a place where women were supposed to have superiority as “moral strongholds.” (Dicker 25) In response to this, women began to push back against this inequality. Strong, intelligent and educated women broke social norms and expressed their opinions in an effort to break down oppression prevalent

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