What is Feminism
Feminism covers wide range of social movements, political movements, and beliefs that share a common goal.
To define, establish, and achieve the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes.
Most people draw a blind eye to fully understand the theory of feminism. The first feminist movement started in the mid-19th Century and culminated with the women’s suffrage movement that led to women gaining the right to vote.
When the movement started
In the 1940s, women gained increasing employment as men left overseas to fight in World War II. At the end of the war, however, women were forced out of the workplace. This gave birth to second movement in 1950s. Criticism grew that the movement had focused on white women to the exclusion of everyone else.
The third movement started in the mid-1990s. Led by women born in the 1960s and ’70s in the developed world, came of age in a media-saturated and culturally and economically diverse milieu and were influenced by the postmodernist movement. Although they benefited significantly from the achievements of the earlier feminists, they also critiqued their positions.
Now the most debated movement many claim began about 2012, with a focus on sexual harassment, body shaming, and rape culture. It was driven by the use of social media.
Donald Trump’s inflammatory remarks about women provoked the historic Women’ March in which 4.6 million participated across the US the day after he was elected president. This was followed by the #MeToo campaign.
The only reason women have not had a better representation across all sections of society is because of institutional and systemic bias. As women we have come so far in so little time. Yes there’s still alot to be done, but we’re hoping that the next decade will belong to the women. And every man should be cheering for that.