Women Began Fighting For Their Rights

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Women began fighting for their rights in the 19th century. The term “feminism” was coined, meaning the fight for women to have social, political, and economic equal rights. Gloria Steinem believes that feminism became a movement when individuals influenced others to fight for a change in the society. She says, “Whenever one person stands up and says, "Wait a minute, this is wrong," it helps other people do the same” (Weeks 2014). It is unclear what year the fourth-wave actually began, but Baumgardner (2011) believes that it began in 2008. The fourth-wave movement allows women to express themselves through the internet, which allows them to take advantage of freedom of speech and spread awareness of gender biased behavior. However, some feminist do not believe that this wave will be efficient because it is not as active and unified as the first three waves.
First Wave Before discussing the motives and impact of the fourth-wave, it is important to understand the waves that preceded the online movement. The first wave focused more on middle class white women in America. It began as a fight for equal rights, defined as “the same opportunity careers, monetary compensation, political participation, public service” (197). It can be traced back to the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, lead by Elizabeth Stanton (Krolokke 2005). Stanton along with Lucretia Mott, Martha Wright, and Mary McClintock presented the “Declaration of Sentiments,” a feminist point of view of the Declaration…

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