The Feminist Movement : Adrienne Rich

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The word “feminism” is still a word that gets put in the wrong category. Many people, especially the stereotypical male who believes women should not leave the house, believe that the word “feminism” means that women are superior to men. Though there are the radical women who do believe that, “feminism” holds a completely different meaning. Feminism was created to fight for women’s equality. It was around the 1940s where the word began to gain its first wave of momentum. The second wave came in the 60s and 70s, and led to the third wave in the 90s which has carried over to today’s time. Many authors, especially the few women authors, attached themselves to this label and began to write powerful pieces that fought for women’s equality.
One major author who really influenced the feminist movement was Adrienne Rich (1929 – March 2012). American poet, essayist, and feminist, Rich is considered “one of the most widely read and influential poets in the second half of the 20th century” and credited with bringing “the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse” (Baym, 566). Born in Maryland and growing up in a Jewish Christian household, there were strict expectations that were to be met. That is not including the extra pressure from her parents where her father was a doctor and her mother a famous concert pianist who left her career to be a full time mother. Many argue that these parental expectations helped motivate her career as an author. In…

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