It's pretty widely known that the first wave of feminism dealt with woman's suffrage—the right to vote, own property, etc. These things are more concrete and clear, so it's no wonder many people ask: what is the second wave feminist movement?
Feminism has had its fair share of leaders, but recognizing the most celebrated of them all isn't so difficult once the veil of history has been lifted. Some might feel that the things we do or the things we say will eventually if made worthy, grant us some sort of stardom. Some sort of purpose forever etched into history. However, this is not the case.
Feminism has made huge changes in the way women and men live life — all for the better. Feminists made it possible for women to vote, giving children the ability to be raised by single parents away from abusive partners, and also helped promote sexual health for everyone.
Feminist writers are often the first ones to really get people thinking about what it means to be a feminist. They are often the voiceboxes that help men understand the struggles of being female and regularly spark social change in ways that others can't.
You're probably asking yourself right now, who's Gloria Steinem? I'm about to unravel nearly everything, and anything, you need to know about this phenomenal woman. As for someone who's a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer, you can already tell that she's done a lot so far in her life. She travels across the globe to hold lectures and is a spokeswoman on the topics of gender equality, feminism, and values of women. She's there to inform everyone about gender roles, inequality, child abuse, violence, and other issues that we face daily in life. Gloria already sounds like an amazing woman, right? Wait, but there's more to her.
Shirley Chisholm was the first U.S. Black woman to be elected into the House of Representatives in 1961. She becomes the political embodiment of the needs and wants of the poverty-ridden neighborhood Bedford Stuyvesant of Brooklyn. This challenged the traditional ways of the patriarchal democracy of the United States. Additionally, if this did not scare the patriarchal strings attached to the stagnation of progress in the black community, she decided in 1972, to be the first African American woman to seriously run for the presidency as Democratic nominee.
Inspirational, courageous, and fearless are just some words that describe Malala Yousafzai. Malala was born in Pakistan and is a Pakistani activist for female education. She is only 20, born on July 12, 1997, and believes in the Islamic religion. She is mainly known for civil rights support for education and also for women’s rights in her native Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai wrote a blog explaining her life under Taliban control and her views on supporting education for girls. The following summer, journalist Adam B. Ellick made a New York Times documentary about her life and she then rose in status, giving interviews and being nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize.
Feminists are among the toughest group of individuals fighting for equality and women's rights — and we need them. They're very passionate in their beliefs and are standing by all women across the world to gain their rights. But did you know that not all feminists are women? It's true! There are male feminists who have the same beliefs and want to gain rights for women. It looks like not all men are non-feminist douchebags, huh?
We have seen what’s on the road. We’ve seen the drug hazed, beautiful rot that followed a generation of lost boys, straight out of Peter Pan, as they searched a postwar concealer-soaked country for an example–or even just an explanation–of masculinity and what it means to be a man. We’ve seen this trauma, but it would be foolish and a tad bit pig-headed to think that the trauma of the lost boys was the only one out there. Minor Characters is not only important, but it’s essential, because it shows us the generation of lost girls. The girls under glass and in the bell jar.