Gender Equality And Modern Feminism

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Gender Equality and Modern Feminism in the United States Russel Staples Period 2 It’s clear that a growing movement is happening in America. Protests, speeches, and news articles all show that women are coming together to fight for equality. They point to certain statistics, claiming women are downtrodden in American society. These women are known as feminists, or women’s-rights activists. Feminists are fighting for the rights of women in society through journalism, marches, and media. But can any results come from the feminist struggle? Are women truly being treated unfairly? The answer is no. Many factors influence these statistics other than gender. It is proven that women and men are treated fairly in society. Gender equality has been…show more content…
(Dory-Stein, 1) This ushered in the third wave that began in the 1990s and continues today. This third wave focuses on criticism of others, often men, for saying or thinking negatively about women or their public image. It tries to find ways to show that women are not treated fairly, even though very few exist. A lack of reasons for inequality has led third-wave feminists to start questioning fundamental inconsistencies between women and men such as basic body differences. American feminists in the third wave have vastly different views and use a variety of different methods to acquire what they believe to be equal rights. Feminists use the internet to speak their mind about how they think they are being mistreated. Even though laws have been passed outlawing discrimination against women, they still speak out against others, believing that women are still being downtrodden. If anything with a slight negative connotation is said about women, there is an outcry from the public. (Poetter, 1) For example, John Kasich, a candidate for the U.S. presidency, said that women “left their kitchen” to support him at a South Carolina rally. Many thought this perpetrated a gender stereotype that women cooked more than men and the feminist outcry was resounding. He was forced to apologize for this, though the comment was good-natured and not malicious in any way. This is only one example of how the third wave has made it barely possible to talk about women
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