Liberal, Conservative, and Socialist Ideals vs. Feminism Before the 20th Century

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Liberal, Conservative, and Socialist Ideals vs. Feminism before the 20th Century

Tales from the beyond, story one: a parent binds his baby girl's feet in China, so it will not grow more than five to six inches because small feet in women are a sign of elegance; story two: a wife is burned alive in India, so she can accompany her husband in death. Are these stories? No, things like this really happened in the past. They are part of the reason that contributed to the birth of the Women's Movement in the 19th century. This movement was also known as the Feminist movement because its foundation came from feminism, an ideology that developed in the 19th century, and whose main goal was to gain equality for women. The goals of the Women's
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They valued the stability of the political, and social structure, and therefore believed that changes that could affect it should be gradual, and very well thought. For the feminist, this made them the enemy since they were trying to preserve the very structure that had placed women, in the traditional role, the feminist movement was trying to change. Feminist wanted radical change, changes to match the progress that was going on in the world, and that was creating new roles for women. Conservatives opposed progress; they said that if something was not broken, and it had work fine until now, it should not be change, it should be respected, and preserve.

Religion was another aspect that created great difficulties for feminist in conservative countries. Conservatives were very religious. They believe that man where sinful creatures, so whatever they did could only cause harm, people that proposed any kind of big change, even if it was for the better of the people it was the representation of the devil himself. The tradition of the church has always placed women in the role of caretaker. Women were meant to be at home, and their main purpose is to have children, and take care of them, so their fear of feminist was inevitable, and there for any conservative country would make it very difficult for the women's movement to develop.

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