Feminist Research Essay

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In a world of growing population and ever changing opinions, the number of groups to last the test of time is not large. Of all the things to bring people together, there is one that will always exist, the agreed importance of justice. No matter what year it is, there will be people who see a fairer way of doing things. The same goes for people who are satisfied with the present. And when there’s a disagreement, there’s a movement. With millions of perspectives, all pulling in opposite directions, it can seem impossible to make a change. But where there’s a pessimist, there’s an optimist with enough hope for three. It’s this idea that’s kept the Feminist movement alive for one hundred and sixty-six years and counting. In this essay I’ll …show more content…
After the important legal accomplishments during the early twentieth century, feminists turned their attention more towards social issues. Previously, at marches for women’s suffrage, white women walked first, then men, and last african-american women. This time, feminists worked closely with the uprising civil rights movement to promote equality for women of all races. Second wave feminism began in the early 1960’s and lasted through the early 1980’s. Other interests of second wave feminism included reproductive rights, sexuality, women in the workplace and family roles. The Equal Pay Act gave women equal pay for equal work in 1963 and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 disallowed employers from firing, docking pay or not hiring due to pregnancy. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a major success for second wave feminism, which made it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Another success of second wave feminism was how they began the deconstruction of the nuclear family.
World War II brought women into the workplace, but after the war fewer women were seeking careers and the average age that women married was getting younger. The media’s expectations for women in the 1950’s is portrayed largely as wives, mother’s and housekeepers. In 1950, only 29%

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