Feminism Is A Conflict Theory And A Combination Of Social, Political And Cultural Movements

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Feminism is a conflict theory and a combination of social, political and cultural movements that is concerned with the discrimination against women and gender inequalities. The ‘waves’ of feminism refer to the feminist activity in a certain time period. The first wave emerged in the mid-19th century to early 20th century. Basic women rights such as the right to vote were the main focus. Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928) was the supporter of the women’s suffrage movement when it emerged in Great Britain. Then in 1903 she founded the new organisation of the Women’s Social and Political Union. Both movements were fighting for women’s equal rights including the right to vote. By 1928, all women over 21 had the right to vote (BBC History, no date). The second wave of feminism started in the 1960s. The major demands by western women were structural changes related to work and family arrangements e.g. equal pay, equal education and work opportunities, free contraception and abortion. Rampton (2014) cites that feminists started protesting against Miss America Pageants in 1968 and 1969. They thought that they were degrading women and brain-washing those into thinking that only their looks mattered in society; this was seen by the feminists as a cause of patriarchy and the men’s view of the women being a pretty, domestic housewife that catered to their sexual needs when asked. The third wave of feminism developed in the 1990s and is continuing to this present day. Rebecca Walker coined…

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