Feminism, The Advocacy Of Women 's Rights On The Grounds Of Political, Social, And Economic Issues

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Feminism
Paige Pflueger “Feminism by definition, is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men (google).” However, there are many different kinds of feminism. Feminists disagree what feminism consists of and what exactly should be done about it; there are many controversial arguments on what it means to be a woman or a man and what political implications each gender has or shouldn’t have. So what seems to be the dominant ideology or perception of feminism? Modern American feminist history is split into three time periods, or “waves”, each with slightly different ideas based on prior actions. The first-wave of feminism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries focused on overturning legal inequalities, particularly women’s suffrage. Second-wave of feminism (1960s - 1980s) broadened debate to include cultural inequalities, gender norms, and the role of women in society. Third-wave feminism (1990s - 2000s) refers to diverse strains of feminist activity seen as both a continuation of the second wave and a response to its perceived failures. The first-wave in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, feminists were focused to achieve women’s suffrage, female education rights, better working conditions, and abolition of gender double standards. Women’s suffrage was the women’s right to vote. Some prominent leaders of that time, such as Susan B. Anthony joined the ranks of those trying to obtain the right to…
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