Feminism

Feminism is a movement aimed at defining, establishing and defending rights for women in society. Feminists have been fighting for and defending rights and equality for women in society, employment, relationships, politics and law all over the globe for hundreds of years.

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When did International Women’s Day start?

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International Women’s Day (IWD) was born out of women’s rights activism in the early 20th century. Its roots can be traced back to a 1908 demonstration for women in New York City—15,000 women marched through the streets advocating for better pay and shorter hours in addition to the right to vote. Then, in 1909, National Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time in the U.S. as an extension of these activists’ work. National Women’s Day was observed on the last Sunday of February until 1913, but the first official IWD was held in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland on March 19, 1911. It was transferred to March 8 in 1913, and it was celebrated by the United Nations for the first time in 1975.
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What feminist themes are in Frankenstein?

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I have thought long and hard and I cannot identify any feminist themes in Frankenstein -- which is surprising considering the author.
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What is the feminist criticism of Cinderella?

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A lot of people note that the Disney version of Cinderella, at least, is unfeminist because Cinderella is a passive entity in the execution of her own fate. Take away the mice and fairy godmother, and you'll notice that Cinderella does just about nothing to improve her situation, and executes exactly none of the critical actions of the film. She wishes for something, and others give it to her. For example, lets take a look at those critical turning points in the film. You'll notice that the mice design her dress for her. Her godmother gives her a carriage and a new dress when her sisters destroy the first. The mice let her out of her room when her stepmother locks her away, and the prince whisks her away from her place of servitude. Cinderella herself, meanwhile, does little more than lament her situation and wish for someone to rescue her. Princesses from the Disney canon that are seen as more feminist (though interpretations vary on just how feminist they really are) are those that exercise agency. In Beauty and the Beast, for instance, Belle's life is shaped by her own decisions--to take her father's place in the beast's castle, to go where she is forbidden to go, to leave the beast's castle and to return as she sees fit. Jasmine is another example: though Aladdin is ultimately the one who saves the day, the difference is that Jasmine executes many critical actions on her own. One last, even more modern example is Disney's version of Rapunzel. Contrast the actions of Cinderella with those in the Rapunzel clip linked below, and see which appears to be more feminist.
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Does Antigone's character represent pre-feminist ideas in 'Antigone'?

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Yes, Antigone's character represents pre-feminist ideas in "Antigone" by Sophocles (495 B.C.E. - 405 B.C.E.). Specifically, a woman, Theban Princess Antigone, is the protagonist as the main character, the holder of great powers and doer of great deeds. She manages to bury her brother, challenge an unjust law, defend the gods and Theban traditions and defy a heartless dictator. She succeeds even though she gives her life to her cause and even though she lives in a male dominated society where women are expected to follow the masculine lead.
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Where did the feminist movement start?

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First, it should be noted that the word "feminism" did not begin to mean "a movement about equality for women" until the 1890s. What came to be called feminism did not start in just one place. There were individual women (and some forward-looking men) in a number of countries who tried to improve the way women were treated. One good example was New Zealand: it was one of the first countries in the world to give women the right to vote (in 1893), and one of the few countries to begin giving married women property rights under the law, as early as the 1860s (most countries regarded the married woman herself as property-- she belonged to her husband, who could treat her as he wished). Another country where there were advocates for equality for women was the United States. The beginnings of a movement for equal rights for women began in 1848 with a convention at Seneca Falls NY, which was attended by about 100 women (and a few men). The attendees also wanted married women to have rights (if a married woman had any money, for example, under the law, it belonged to her husband and she had no say in how it was spent); some of the women at the convention, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, went on to change a number of state laws-- in New York, the Married Women's Property Act was passed in 1848. Also important were a small but influential group of women lawyers who began practicing in the late 1800s. But getting the federal government to move forward on equal rights for women took a lot longer however-- women in the USA did not achieve full voting rights until 1920, and other inequalities took even more time to remedy.
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What does feminism aim to do?

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Get equal rights for women! In the US at the moment this may include issues such as equal pay, and the right to use birth control.
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Who are the characters in So Long A Letter by Mariama Ba?

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Ramatoulaye (mother, widow), Aissatou (best friend of Ramatoulaye, divorcee), Mawdo Ba (ex-husband of Aissatou, on account of his taking a second wife), la petite Nabou (cousin and 2nd wife of Mawdo), Tante Nabou (Mawdo's mother), Daba (Ramatoulaye's daughter), Aissatou (also her daughter, named for her best friend), Modou Fall (Ramatoulaye's late husband), Binetou (his 2nd wife- friend of Daba), Tamsir (brother of Modou), Farmata (griote), l'imam (the imam), Daouda Dieng (courts Ramatoulaye after her husband's death. He is rejected. He has another wife), Aminata (his wife)
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What are examples of Feminism in black literature?

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Black Feminism is sexism, racism, and homophobia. to help African Americans women to be equal with men If you want examples of Black Feminist literature I suggest the works of Octavia Butler see link.
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Compare and contrast radical feminism and liberal feminism?

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Liberal Feminism holds that the oppression of women is the denial of their equal rights, representation, and access to opportunities. Liberal Feminism takes a gender-neutral/gender-blind approach and holds that all men and women are created equal and should be treated the same, and seeks to reform oppressive systems. Liberal Feminism focuses strongly on fixing women's exclusion from political power. Radical Feminism, is, as its name implies, more radical than Liberal feminism. Radical Feminism carries the belief that "the personal is political" and sees that the oppression of women is caused by patriarchy, a system of male authority, strongly manifested in sexuality, personal relationships, and the family, and then carried over into the rest of the man-dominated world. As opposed to Liberal Feminism, Radical Feminism does not take a gender-blind/gender-neutral approach; Radical Feminism acknowledges that there are differences between men and women, and society should change to value those differences instead of devaluing the "feminine."
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What magic phrase allowed Ali Baba to enter the cave of the forty thieves?

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The magic phrase that allowed Ali Baba to enter the cave of the 40 thieves was: "Open, sesame." "Khulja simsim" in Hindi. Here is some more info: From "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" Sir Richard Francis Burton was a 19th century English explorer, author, and translator. In the late 1880s Burton translated and published a multivolume collection of Indian and Middle Eastern folktales already popularly known as The Arabian Nights. In the following excerpt, Burton tells the tale of Ali Baba, a poor man who stumbles upon a thieves' cache of goods and money, hidden in a cave. To gain entrance to the cave, Ali Baba must utter a magic phrase. Although Burton translates the famous command as "Open, O Simsim," many know it better as "Open, sesame."
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How is the third wave feminism different from first or second wave feminism?

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First wave feminism, which lasted from the 1840s to the 1920s, although dealing with women's rights as a whole, was largely just concerned with getting women the right to vote. It also had ties with the Temperance Movement. Second wave feminsim lasted from the 1960s to the 1980s. Its big focuses were on equal opportunity and pay in employment, and reproductive rights. Third wave feminism arose after the 1980s. What largely differentiated it from the first and second waves, was that third wave feminism attempted to be more inclusive of a wider range of women. First and second wave feminism were both largely movements comprised of white, middle to upper class, able-bodies, cis-gendered, straight women. Although black women and lesbians were significant contributers to first and second wave feminism, they were largely ignored by other feminists, discriminated against within the movement, and asked to value their identity as a woman over any other identities they might posses. Third wave feminism attempts to be more inclusive to different women, and to work on solving issues faced by a wide range of women, and not just problems faced by white, middle-class women.
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Compare and contrastliberal feminism and radical feminism?

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Liberal Feminism holds that the oppression of women is the denial of their equal rights, representation, and access to opportunities. Liberal Feminism takes a gender-neutral/gender-blind appraoch and holds that all men and women are created equal and should be treated the same, and seeks to reform oppressive systems. Liberal Feminism focuses strongly on fixing women's exclusion from political power. Radical Feminism, is, as its name implies, more radical than Liberal feminism. Radical Feminism carries the belief that "the personal is political" and sees that the oppression of women is caused by patriarchy, a system of male authority, strongly manifested in sexuality, personal relationships, and the family, and then carried over into the rest of the man-dominated world. As opposed to Liberal Feminism, Radical Feminism does not take a gender-blind/gender-neutral approach; Radical Feminism acknowledges that there are differences between men and women, and society should change to value those differences instead of devaluing the "feminine."
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What are the goals of feminism in Morocco?

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To make a pure democracy in Morocco .
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What is the 'Third Wave'?

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In political science, the 'Third Wave' refers to the third wave of democratisation that occurred during the overthrow of dictatorships in the 1970s, especially in Greece, Spain, and Portugal.
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What was expected from a wife in the 1950s?

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The Good Wife's Guide From Housekeeping Monthly, 13 May, 1955. · Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed. · Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. · Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it. · Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Run a dustcloth over the tables. · During the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction. · Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet. · Be happy to see him. · Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him. · Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours. · Don't greet him with complaints and problems. · Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through at work. · Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. · Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice. · Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him. · A good wife always knows her place.
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What year did second wave feminism begin?

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It started around 1963.
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What is the feminist theory?

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Feminism is concerned with equality between men and women - both equal rights and real equality in practice. This last includes a huge range of issues including things like equal opportunities and freedom from domestic violence, for example. There is no one theory; instead there are many different theories. It's a vast subject, and I hope the link is useful.
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Why did conservative phyllis Schlafly object to the feminist movement?

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Schlafly believed that feminists were undermining traditional family values.
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How and when did liberal feminism start?

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Well basically, the 18th Century age of Enlightenment and reason gave rise to Liberal Humanistic Ideas. Liberals are of the opinion that the right must be given priority over the 'good'.... Liberalism advocates egalitarianism. In other words, our whole system of individual rights is justified because these might constitute a framework within which we can all chose our separate good provided we don't deprive others of theirs. Liberal Feminist movement which draws on the theory of Liberal Humanist Thoght first began in the last decade of the 18th century, being one of the earliest schools of feminism. It was Mary Wollstonecraft who wrote the first feminist document called A Vindication of the Rights of Women. Hope that answers your Question
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Has a woman ever played a game in the NHL?

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In the regular season, no. In the preseason, yes. Goaltender Manon Rheaume played one game in each of the 1992 and 1993 preseasons for the Tampa Bay Lightning. She was the goaltender for the women's Canadian national team that won world championships in 1992 and 1994 and the silver medal at the 1998 Olympics.
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How feminism is drawn into the play silence the court is in session?

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what we see in silence the court is is in session is moderate feminism, where the author vijay tendulkar tries to draw attention to the double standards by which the society operates. while Miss Benare is accused of pre-marital pregnancy, the married Professor, who made it happen is not accused of extra marital affair.
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What is feminism?

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Feminism is a diverse collection of social theories, political movements, and moral philosophies. Some versions are critical of past and present social relations. Many focus on analyzing what they believe to be social constructions of gender and sexuality. Many focus on studying gender inequality and promoting women's rights, interests, and issues. femenism is a political issue that shows women to be of less use than men