Essay on Feminism: It's all about a Woman's Rights

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There is a philosophy in which women are valued -- a movement that dreams of a world in which women and men are equal in social, political, and economic agendas. This movement is known as feminism. Feminism first started during the nineteenth and early twentieth century, when the U.S and UK experienced what is known as first-wave feminism, a legendary movement because it gave women suffrage and property rights. Second-wave feminism took place during the 1960’s and lasted through the 1990’s, crucial because it brought up issues such as family, the workplace, and reproductive rights. The second wave is why women now serve in the military and work for the media, it also established rape crisis centers and women’s shelters (Rampton). …show more content…
Similarly, “[there were] harsh initial attacks that sought to portray [Hillary] Clinton as an aggressive feminist; these were followed by accusations of inauthenticity when she deliberately softened her image” (Perry-Giles). It seems to be that women are constantly surrounded by absolutes, they cannot be too nice without being pushovers, but cannot be too assertive without being bossy. When women change who they are, they are stuck in a no-win situation. Senator Clinton changed her image so that society wouldn't see her as an aggressive feminist, however society now sees her as a fraud. Although, the same cannot be said about most empowered men. When men are aggressive, they are often viewed as productive individuals, and when they soften up their image, they are seen as peacemakers. The most important thing we must consider is what kind of messages young girls take away from these experiences. When young girls are uncertain about becoming leaders, but young boys have no problem putting these skills to work, it is not because we are born this way. It is because this is what every generation has learned and it is now at a point where it is normal. There is some sort of universal truth claiming “men want women to be

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