Hi guys, I trust y’all are doing great. Feminism! What’s it about? when did it begin? what is it today? Who are extremists or fanatics regarding feminism? All of this I intend to cover in this article. If not, it’s prolly gon be a series where I’ll cover holistically the subject as much as I can in subsequent articles.
Without further ado, let’s delve right into it!
Feminism – What is It?
The Oxford English Dictionary defines feminism as the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Wikipedia says it is a range of socio-political movements and ideologies that aim to define and establish the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes. It goes on to say that feminism incorporates the position that societies prioritize the male point of view, that women are treated unjustly within those societies, and that efforts to change that include fighting against gender stereotypes and establishing educational, professional, and interpersonal opportunities and outcomes for women that are equal to those for men. Britannica says feminism at its core, is the belief in full social, economic, and political equality for women. It also says feminism largely arose in response to Western traditions that restricted the rights of women, but feminist thought has global manifestations and variations. Fair definitions yeah‽ Well, let’s further explore and find out what history has to say regarding feminism, as we travel down memory lane. Shall we‽
The Waves of Feminism
For decades, the feminist movement has made tremendous progress in advocating for the rights of women. A good number of scholars and activists presume that there are three distinct “waves” of feminism, with the “#MeToo Movement” indicating a present-day fourth wave. However, the history of the feminist movement is way more complex.
Furthermore, The foremost wave of the feminist movement is normally tied to the first formal Women’s Rights Convention (the Seneca Falls Convention) held in 1848. Back then, three hundred men and women moved for the cause of equality for women. Elizabeth Cady Stanton drafted the Seneca Falls Declaration outlining the new movement’s ideology and political strategies.
Nonetheless, the first-wave feminists were influenced by the collaborative activism of women in various other reformation movements. Specifically, feminists drew strategic, as well as tactical insight from women participating in the French Revolution, the Temperance Movement, and the Abolitionist Movement.