The Turbulent Emotions Felt By Feminist Women

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American Women before the 1960’s were subjected to a life where they would be expected to get married early, have children as soon as possible, and then become a homemaker for the rest of their lives. Feminist women in America faced an underlying conflict to find their purpose and true meaning in life. “Is this it?” was a question frequently sought out by women reaching deeper into their minds and souls to find what was missing from their life (Rampton). The ideal woman was defined as a women who puts all of her time into making sure her house was clean, her husband felt loved, and her children were taken care of but this traditional belief triggered these women to not only lose their identity within their families but society as well. The turbulent emotions felt by feminist women based on this oppression created the internal conflict that caused for social steps to be taken in hopes of bringing purpose and meaning back into their lives. While the first wave of feminists demanded their right to vote, these second-wave feminists took a stand for equality, not just in law, but in daily life. As the second wave of feminism grew due to the maltreatment of women, the influence of the newly published Ms. Magazine aided the feminist movement, treading great change for women’s rights. By being able to add onto what the 1st wave accomplished-granting women the right to vote-women developed the level of empowerment needed to demand more.
Wives in the sixties were trapped in their…

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