For this assignment I decided to do some further research on the feminist movement. I have just recently become more exposed to feminist ideals and it has urged me to learn more about the movement.
The movement consisted of a series of protests and campaigns in hopes to change the disturbing laws and political views against women. Some of these include reproductive rights, sexual violence, maternity leave, equal pay, and women’s suffrage. Upon doing my research I discovered that the feminist movements were classified in three stages. The first-wave of the movement mainly focused on suffrage and political equality. Throughout the 19th and early 20th century, women were not allowed to vote. In 1904, a group of women came together to form the International Women’s Suffrage Alliance. They fought hard for equal rights among men and women, regardless of their social class. Although women soon after gained the rights to vote in most countries, it wasn’t until 2015 that Saudi Arabian women had the right to vote in their country.
During the Second Wave of feminism, women of color began to voice their opinion on the social inequality across the world. This period began in the United States in the early 1960’s. The second wad broadened the debate to a wider range of issues. Some of these issues were sexuality rights, issues in the workplace, reproductive rights, and other official legal inequalities. The women also focused on marital rape issues as well as domestic violence. Many of these issues revolved around sexuality and pornography, which ushered in the era of third wave feminism.
The third wave began in the earl 90’s. This movement focused on what it is to be a feminist. It attempted to include all identities. The movement recognized that women are of many colors, ethnicity, religions, and nationalities. A big contributor to the movement was Rebecca Walker, who focused on queer and non-white women. Here efforts brought forth the often unspoken issues with men sexually harassing women. Many of these women would keep quite about these issues, but soon after Walker public ally announced these issues, women began to feel more comfortable to speak of the atrocities.
Many of these issues are still in effect today. Although they might not seem as sever as they were, they are still a big concern to our society. With the newly elected president, it seems as if we are going back in time and slowly eliminating the rights that women have worked so hard to earn. One example of this is the governments plan to eliminate Planned Parenthood. Planned parenthood is essential to most women, providing them with an outlet and resources to remain healthy. They also provide free birth control in many states, allowing women to stay sexually active without the fear of becoming pregnant. This is just once concern that is already in affect within months of President Trump being elected. It is really disturbing to see people have these rights taken from them, just because of their gender. We need to put a stop to this madness and the only way to do so is to let your voice be heard. Don’t be someone who feels like they’re voice wont make a difference, because it will