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Third Wave Feminism in the United States

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Third Wave Feminism Third-wave feminism began in America in the early 1990s. While it still grapples with many of the same unresolved issues as its predecessors, it has taken on many new issues as well. A primary motivator for activism in third-wave feminism has been the cause of eliminating harassment and violence against women. The […]

Second Wave Feminism in the United States

Second Wave Feminism in the United States: A movement advocating for gender equality and women's rights during the mid-20th century.

Second Wave Feminism Following the passage of the 19th Amendment, women continued to achieve equal rights for women on many different fronts. Activists fought for access to education, equal pay for equal work, and bodily autonomy. Early female medical professionals such as Margaret Sanger advocated for birth control’s widespread availability and safety. Get Smarter on […]

First Wave Feminism in the United States

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Where was the feminist movement born in the United States? History widely recognizes the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, the first-ever women’s rights convention, as the First Wave of Feminism. The convention, held in Seneca Falls, New York, drew a crowd of 300 mostly-female thinkers, activists, and writers who convened to discuss and organize for women’s […]

History of Feminism in the United States

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Waves of Feminism Feminism is commonly defined as the belief in women’s economic and political equality. The concept and support of feminism have enjoyed a long history in the United States of America, with its beginnings rooted in the fight for women’s suffrage of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. While the concept has […]