Feminism And The Third Wave Of Feminism

1212 WordsMar 12, 20175 Pages
As the feminist revolution has advanced so has the definition of feminism. In 2017 feminism means something completely different than what it did in the days of women 's suffrage. No longer is feminism working on allowing women just to vote. It focuses on intersectionality, gender norms, women 's reproductive rights, and so much more. We are in the third wave of feminism. In 2017 most millennials identify with third wave feminism or a variant of the movement and strive to abolish gender roles, patriarchy, and fight for women 's rights and equality. Our distinct personal experiences and social location effect what issues we care most about, whether they be racial equality or the Healthcare Reform. In my interview with my partner, Andrea I…show more content…
Andrea has experienced gender inequality the most in their place of work, which is the male dominated field of civil engineering and in academia. Women and female bodied individuals in America have had issues with inequality in school and their place of work for centuries. While in school young girls are taught that they are not as special as their male peers and experience many limitations. In Judith Lorber 's "The Social Construction of Gender" (1991) we learn how the differences among girls and boys are what society uses to shape gender roles. Young girls learn that their education is not as important as a man 's they learn that their roles as mothers and looking attractive is more important even if they grow up to have the same positions as men. The differences that women and men face are a part of the process in which gender is socially constructed. Lorber states, "As a process, gender creates the social differences that define "woman" and "man". In social interaction throughout their lives, individuals learn what is expected, act and react in expected ways...." (Lorber, Kirk & Okazawa-Rey, 1991, p.67). Lorber also states, "Societies vary in the extent of inequality in the social status of their women and men members, but where there is inequality, the status "woman" (and its attendant behavior and the role allocations) is usually held in lesser esteem than the status "man" (Lorber, Kirk & Okazawa-Rey, 1991, p.67). Andrea 's experiences
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