How Feminism Has Changed Over Time

How Feminism Has Changed Over Time

The core idea behind feminism has always been the social, economic and political equality of the genders. This concept was first made familiar in the late 19th century and never before because prior to that, women barely had any importance and they were not considered as capable as men. Women were not allowed to be educated or employed because they were assumed to be capable of taking care of their families and serving the needs of their future husbands. Women were expected to behave in a certain way no matter whether they liked it or not and were not given the same opportunities as men were given.


The Change

The change first started in the later years of the 19th century as the women in North America and Europe raised their voices to attain some rights. By the early 20th century many countries bowed down to the force of feminism and women were given the right to vote. In the 1920s, women became bolder as they began to break the boundaries set by a male-dominated society.

As the change in status of women in society was largely limited to developed countries where they had some political rights and better working conditions, the plight of women in developing or underdeveloped countries remained the same. This led to the second wave of feminism in the 1960s which was also known as the Women’s Liberation Movement. The core aim of the second movement was to get rid of domestic violence, rape, abortion and workplace discrimination. This movement focused more on the reproductive rights of women. The third wave of feminism was seen in the 1990s, and it revolved around sexuality.


The Wrong Side of Feminism

Some people consider feminism to be the uglier version of what it is. They wrongly assume it’s an anti-family, socialist and politically unjust movement that urges women to leave their husbands, practice witchcraft, practice capitalism, kill their children and become lesbians.

The Current Situation

The feminism waves have proved beneficial for the women of today as women now have equal rights to men. They are educated, employed and encouraged to follow their own rules when it comes to sexuality and reproductive rights.

Unfortunately, most of the rights and liberties women have are still unreal as women still have to face issues like discrimination and abuse at work. They are also expected to behave in a certain way in society and have not garnered as many liberties as men have. This needs to change, and another wave of feminism might just be the answer.