Feminist Analysis

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Even though women make up approximately half of the United States population, there were few opportunities for women to have female role models or perspectives of history that focused on women until a little over a century ago, when World War I and the First Wave of Feminism changed the role women played in society forever. However, it is remarkable to examine how women had and been continuously pushed to the back of the conversation, even as feminism became a nationally recognised issue. Even now, our nation’s history is told in an androcentric fashion; even if gender inequality throughout our nation’s history has shaped many social structures today, there is a lack of recognition of the importance of women. On top of that, such an androcentric…show more content…
According to an online record of feminist and gender archaeology, this split was solidified in a 1984 paper by Margaret Conkey and Janet Spector titled Archaeology and the Study of Gender, which criticised how archaeologists glazed over past gender constructs and how they often approached gender inequality with a structuralist point of view, a way of saying that these inequalities were seen as natural. In particular, gender roles in the context of a political economy were criticised, as male figures in the forefront of archaeology expected women to do the indoor work such as labwork and organisation. Feminist archaeology became a discipline for both the past and the present. During the rise of this subfield, gender archaeology was considered very similar to feminist archaeology to the point where they were categorised as the same perspective by many. However, as more gender archaeologists began focusing on the historical construction of gender, a mid-90s break between the sub-disciplines occurred; feminist archaeology was simply too focused on the image of a traditional, cisgender woman in a world of binary gender constructs. Over the past twenty years, gender archaeology has become an incredibly influential subfield of archaeology, and since feminist archaeology is slowly changing to become more inclusive, the two subfields have many close ties again, especially when it comes to queer archaeology. In summary of their focuses, they seek to research how inequality based on gender is constructed in a society, how it is perpetuated, and, to avoid bias: to recognise that these subfields are reflective of specific sociopolitical beliefs and agendas
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