Feminism’s Modern Waves

  1. Writing the Revolution-from-secondstorypress.caIn the first modern wave, feminism in the 19th and early 20th century focused ‘primarily on gaining women’s suffrage (the right to vote).’ (Wikipedia)
  2. The ‘second wave’ (1960s-1980s) was concerned primarily with ‘sexuality, family, the workplace, reproductive rights, de facto inequalities, and official legal inequalities…. Second-wave feminism also focused on a battle against violence with proposals for marital rape laws, establishment of rape crisis and battered women’s shelters, and changes in custody and divorce law.’ (Wikipedia)
  3. In the early 1990s third-wave feminism ‘arose as a response to the perceived failures of and backlash against initiatives and movements created by Second-wave feminism …, and the realization that women are of “many colors, ethnicities, nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds”.’ (Wikipedia)–In Writing The Revolution, Landsberg writes, ‘We [of the second wave] reacted with indignation [to the scorn of the third wave]…. We should have played it cool,… trust[ed] our achievement.’ (37)
  4. 2011 saw the Women, Action, & the Media (WAM!) Conference in Vancouver and Women’s Worlds in Ottawa–Landsberg wonders if this is ‘the Fourth Wave?’ (37)

‘We [of the second wave] reacted with indignation [to the scorn of the third wave]…. We should have played it cool,… trust[ed] our achievement.

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