Feminism is the movement committed to securing and defending equal rights and opportunities for women equal to men. The founding figure is Mary Wollstonecraft who wrote the ‘Vindication of the Rights of Women’ in 1792. However it was not until 1920 the US gave women the vote. The UK followed in 1928. From 1960 until the late 80’s there was a focus on unofficial inequalities, such as places at university. Even now women are still striving to combat inequalities.
The group discussion it was decided that feminist was a loaded term as images of masculinity and lesbian are portrayed alongside the word. It was also agreed that there will never be total equality for women as the genetics of women and men are different and pregnancy means that women have to take time off form work. It was also mentioned that there will always be prejudice whether it be gender, race or any other groups within society.
Emmeline Pankhurst was a strong believer in feminism and a great campaigner for women’s suffrage. She believed in “equal pay for equal work, equal marriage and divorce laws, the same rights over children for both parents, equality of rights and opportunities in public service, and a system of maternity benefits.” (Simkin, 1997, online). She fought for her beliefs all her life, enduring prison and taking parts in hunger strikes. I agree with what she did and think her battle was important in forming today’s society.
Simkin, J. (1997) Emmeline Pankhurst. (Online) Available: