The Importance Of Feminism

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The period of the late sixties onwards is seen to mark the resurgence in the prominence of the feminist movement. Feminism may refer to political, cultural or economic activism establishing change regarding socioeconomic or governmental gender issues. As Joanne Hollows argues, there is no standardised definition of ‘feminism,’ however believes it is clear that the revival of feminism in the sixties and seventies, also known as ‘second wave feminism’ “did not simply seek to explain the inequalities between men and women but to use this as a basis for change.” The feminist revival built up momentum following the recovery from the Second World War, and it is through an amalgamation of social and intellectual factors that revival was maintained throughout the late sixties and into the seventies.

Political attributes are to be considered when understanding why feminism experienced a revival. An outlying cause stemming from the influence of various movements such as civil and gay rights which also saw garnered attention during this period. We can gather that the influence of prominent figures such as Eleanor Roosevelt also helped to mark the resurgence of sixties feminism and its importance as an issue. The former first lady was asked to head up a new Commission on the Status of Women by President John F Kennedy, which held the audience of high ranking officials in the American government. Throughout the period, multiple organisations and factions were formed, with most
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