Different waves of feminism

Gender: What are the differences between the "waves" of feminism? What are other similar terms?

Melissa Botting touched on the pre-1900's era which I would consider one of the most important times for women's struggles to have equal rights. It is the precursor of all to come, the beginning of a mindset.

Once upon a time, women were the healers. They were representative of the goddess era of religious belief. There were goddesses and pagan festivals before the other belief systems even began.
Women held the power for a long time and it was good. Women are seldom warriers. They were the gardeners, the healers, the teachers, the comforters.

As medical science became more lucrative, men took over healing and acted on their mistrust of women's abilities by joining the cry to 'eliminate witches'... ie. women with strange powers, with a following.

They were afraid of the power women healers had, their knowledge of herbs and ability to induce abortions, thus giving some women a bit of control over their reproduction so they would remain healthy longer, have fewer children and be able to accomplish more in their lifetimes, perhaps even be independent.
That was scary to many men.
Still is.

What is now called the First Wave was therefore really not. But time marches on and eventually women got back into medicine in the late 1800's- early 1900's and soon also joined with others, both men and women and secured the vote for women.

Property rights and inheritance rights were achieved goals, in the legal realm, taking the better part of the 1900's. I remember when a married woman could not buy much using her own money without her husband's signature.

WWII had catapulted women into the work world and we are still trying to improve our standing in business ownership, in earning power, and currently have more boardrooms to enter before we can consider ourselves truly equal in results, but we truly have come a long way.

Men with a sense of fair play joined us. Many saw their mothers, sisters, wives struggle to feed their families and work hard for little return, few or no benefits, little security. Many men became feminists in the 60's -70's and it was good. There is nothing better than an equal partnership.

Title IX was won after a long battle that I was in neck deep. Girls' sports and treatment in school, including university sports, took a major jump and absolutely exploded.

We nearly passed an Equal Rights bill, but even without it, gains have been made and forward areas left backward ones in the dust. The opportunities now are many times what they were and today's women, feminists or not, reap the harvest of our years of work.

FAQ

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Where is MJ in Desperate Housewives.

MJ, short for Maynard James, is the son of Susan and Mike Delfino. He lives with both of his parents. This season, they left their home on Wisteria Lane and moved into an apartment.

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Who dies on desperate housewives?

Nora dies by a shot. (Nora is the ex-wife of lynettes husband)

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