Feminism first began, when women felt they were being done injustice by their male counterparts. Feminist theory is a conflict and gender inequality theory that studies patriarchy, gender and the oppression of women, there are three waves of feminism, with each one having its own agenda and ideologies. The first wave beginning in the nineteenth century focused on the struggles of the suffragists and the suffragettes, a women’s movement whose aim was to win women the right to vote and establish political and legal equality. The first wing of the movement the suffragists used methods such as peaceful protest and letters to parliament. Nonetheless at the turn of the twenty first century the group spilt and the suffragettes were formed this time using more militant tactics such as, violence, law breaking and hunger strikes in an effort to win their campaign. However when World War I broke out in 1914 the movement suspended their campaigning dedicating their time instead to the war efforts, at the end of the war, in 1918 women over thirty were given the right to vote, and in 1928 this was extended to every woman over the age of twenty one.
The second wave of feminism known as the protest decade was a movement beginning in the 1960’s. Women at this time had been through two world wars, during which time with male absence many had taken on jobs traditionally done by men and had grown stronger and more independent because of this. Many women didn’t want to go back to being subservient to men and re-confined to the traditional domestic roles they had always been in. So the second wave strived for social equality this period also saw rise to many over movements including, black civil rights, hippy and anti-war campaigns. High on the agenda was equal pay and education along with free abortion and twenty four hour nursery care.
Third wave feminism continues to this day and is said to have begun in the 1990’s. Post-modern
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