The First Wave Of Feminism

1230 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
This may seem conflicting with the whole baby boom phenomenon, and although the boom of children born after World War II did occur, the divorces still occurred after the rush of a rash marriage had passed and women’s husbands had returned from war alive. An important component of the historical timeline is the change in the role of women in society. Women had experienced change during the first wave of feminism and gained suffrage, but during the second wave feminism women experienced a change that greatly altered their lives and consequently, the relationships they shared with others. The first wave of feminism was concerned about suffrage and establish rights as people and equality in regards to property law (The Famous Five and the Persons Case in Canada), the second wave of feminism was concerned about equality in the workplace, among other issues. During World War II, women, for the first time in history, were able to enter the workforce. Cultural icons such as Rosie the Riveter became important symbols of feminists and the work women were able to complete while the men were away at war. Since then, the rise in the participation of women in the work force has only increased, and it has become a social norm in Western culture. Brown and Lin conclude that because women participate more in the work force than ever before, the likelihood of divorce is high because women now have “economic autonomy” (Brown and Lin). In addition, Statistics Canada states that “Changes to…
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