Feminist Movements

The Feminist movements came in three waves from the mid-19th century to the early 1990’s. The first wave started with white women from the middle to upper class which then transformed in the 1960’s to start including women from different races and classes. The first wave fought for women’s suffrage which means they fought for women to be able to vote and run for office. The second wave fought for gender equality in culture and laws. The third wave fought for race equality and to get young people involved. In the 1920’s, middle class women laid the foundation for later generations of feminists by gaining human rights for women, like having the ability to own land, the right to divorce, the right to make individual decisions regarding pregnancy, and the beginning of access to higher education for women by adding an amendment to the Bill of Rights. The 1960’s feminists worked to break the glass ceiling and get women into the work force.  They also worked to make higher education more available to the masses, and to end gender discrimination in the work place. They also fought for equal opportunity legislation. In addition, they helped break stereotypes about women like the idea that a woman’s place is at home with the children. In the 1970s and 80s, feminists began involving minority women so they could have a united front fighting for liberation of women in America. In the 1990s women continued the work of the second wave by focusing on the different achievements of women in America. They also helped incorporate women whose voices has not yet been heard by starting voter registration drives in poor minority communities. The third wave is most famous for rallying the young. The feminist movements accomplished so much yet we still have more to accomplish like breaking the glass ceiling for good, making politics more equal for women and making corporate America equal as well.

— Brittany



Works Cited:

“Feminist Movement”. Academicroom.n.p, 2013.Web.21 Nov.2014.

Witt.SOC.New York: McGraw Hill, 2014.Print.

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