Feminism : Women 's Rights On The Grounds Of Political, Social, And Economic Equality

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Feminism has been around as long as women have been. Feminism according to google is the advocacy of women 's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. So it is basically women wanting to be treated equally.

The history of feminism is pretty sketch considering how it was never called feminism until america got a hold of it. But never the less there are definite matriarchal influences throughout the history of the world. A couple of asian cultures were based off of their religion where it would be ruled or begin with a mother god. Japanese Shintoism has Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun, as its figurehead. Amaterasu not only created the rest of the gods but also holds the three treasures of the religion. Daoism is another asian religion in which females are very important. Daoism does not have a mother goddess that influences all but many of the people who rose to godhood were women who are now revered in the religion. Egypt had a matriarch period with cleopatra and even china was for a time ruled by a late emperor’s concubine Empress Wu Zetian. Even the first novel ever, The Tale of Genji, was written by a japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu. Closer to the present Mary Wollstonecraft and her book, A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790), are argued to be the beginnings of first-wave feminism in the united states. In 1848 a major meeting at Seneca Falls feminist and abolitionist alike authored a declaration of sentiments which asserted…
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