The Historical Development Of Feminism

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In this chapter, we will first look at the historical development of feminism. We will focus on how race, class, gender, etc. have changed over time and how these social variables play a role in the feminist movement. In addition, we will look at a number of sources including Sheryl Sandberg’s controversial view on feminism and what feminism means in regards to the sources. Lastly, we will examine the role of both male and female feminists.
What exactly is feminism? According to the Urban dictionary, feminism is defined as “the advocacy of women 's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. It is the belief that all people are entitled to the same civil rights and liberties and can be intellectual equals regardless of gender. The basic idea of feminism revolves around the principle that biological elements need not dictate intellectual and social functions, capabilities, and rights.”
What is the feminist movement? According to Wikipedia, the feminist movement “refers to a series of campaigns for reforms on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, women 's suffrage, sexual harassment, and sexual violence, all of which fall under the label of feminism.” Feminism in the United States, Canada and a number of countries in Western Europe has been divided into three waves by feminist scholars: first, second and third-wave feminism.
The first wave of the feminist movement occurred during the late nineteenth
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