FEMINISM: “The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.“
Or, in layman’s terms, feminism is the belief that women do not currently enjoy the same status in society as men do, but that they should.
There are generally believed to have been 3 waves of feminism.
Like most things in feminism, no one can quite agree on the details of these 3 waves. In fact, there are plenty of feminists who dispute the existence of the waves altogether. On this site, we’re going to stick with the 3-waves model.
See the links below for a brief explanation of the 3 waves of feminism and an outline of its biggest ideological divisions.
We have tried to ensure that our lists of notable women are not dominated by white, heterosexual, cisgender, middle class Britons and North Americans, however the most famous feminists do usually fall under those categories. This is partly due to the ethnocentric tendencies of feminism itself and partly due to media bias.
The issue is discussed in more detail on the page about Intersectionality.
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