Waves of feminism explained

Millennials and the “4th wave” of feminism

On a cold day in March 1913, more than 8, 000 people (men and women) took to the streets to “.”

These men and women braved frigid temperatures, public ridicule, and even the threat of persecution so that women could enjoy the same basic rights and opportunities as men.

Seven years later, women would receive the right to vote. Over the next 100 years, the feminist movement would change and adapt to changing goals, societal issues, and cultural values.

Today, as we enter the fourth wave of feminism, females are joining elite military combat units that were once reserved for men and holding more seats in all levels of government office than ever before.

Millennial females are graduating from college and graduate school at unprecedented rates, yet some feminist supporters cry out that our gender is still subject to oppressive threats.

While it is true that there are very real obstacles that women face, the enemy is no longer the government, corporate America, or antiquated legal practices. We are the enemy.

That’s right; we, as a gender, have created our own worst enemy: a socialist dynamic that is the result of our own complacency, misguided anger, and inflated sense of entitlement.

To understand how we went from Susan B. Anthony’s educated, articulate speeches of yesteryear to today’s mess, it’s important to first understand the historical context of the three prior waves of feminism.

Waves of Feminism
Scholars and sociologists commonly agree that feminism has transpired in three waves. The first occurred at the turn of the 20th century and focused on women’s suffrage and opportunities for women.

The second occurred in the 1960s and continued into the next two decades, aligning itself with the Civil Rights Movement that was happening simultaneously. Perhaps the most notable event of this movement was during the 1968 Miss America Pageant, when feminist protesters tossed things that they believed represented female oppression (bras, kitchen utensils, Playboy magazines, etc.) into trash cans and attempted to set them on fire (hence the term bra burning). The emphasis of this second wave was sexuality, reproductive rights, equal employment opportunities, and the challenging of traditional gender roles.

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