In the past there were differences in roles played by women and the models of their behavior. Women face disadvantages when it comes to institutional settings and do more housework than men. Since then, however, things have changed considerably. The society has been affected by the shift in gender roles. The western women prefer to make their own career than be a homemaker. They also share the rights of men. This fact shows that women’s rights are not burdens, but rather a form of freedom.
Women continue to fight for their rights. The debate on feminism continues today, with both supporters and opponents. But the key to understanding the causes of the movement is to know its roots (Gillis 2007, for example). This paper aims to establish the reality of the situation, and then determine whether the women will benefit by being granted the same status in society as men. The women’s role in the fight against equal opportunity emphasizes the positive effects of Feminism on the social construction of sex. This paper focuses on women’s right movements that are characterized by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd waves. These correspond to the first, second and third waves we learned in class. The development of first wave, second-wave and feminism in its third vagueness emphasizes the importance that women play in social reconstructions of gender and type (Howie 2010).
There are differences between these waves, even though they have a lot in common. The feminism of each wave is based on the success and failure of previous generations. First wave feminism is evident in the voting rights and the vote. These changes occurred between the years 1800 and 1900. This influenced the way women were represented (MacKinnon). The feminism of second vagueness was also launched in 1960. It focused on equal rights for women in employment, education, abortion, child custody, and other issues. Catharine MacKinnon a professor of rights at the University of Michigan as well as the author of Towards a feminist state theory, supports that women’s right are still restricted and that they need to expand their horizons. Various problems remain unsolved. The women fight to protect their rights.
The feminism that followed the first and second vagueness waves, as well as the 1980s feminism, reflected these concerns, including racism, discrimination and tensions between generations. The feminism based on third vagueness criticizes the collective past and constructs a dynamic, diversified movement. The multiculturalism is the key characteristic of this feminism (MacKinnon 1995).
Alice Walker (1983), a feminist philosopher, helps evaluate the role that virtues, beliefs, and values play in creating an ethical feminism based on the third vagueness. She affirms social activism as an important tool in promoting feminist ideas. It also addresses the issues posed by society’s diversity. In conclusion, it can be said that women have played an important part in history. This paper is the result of a study of the effect of social reconstructions on sexism and gender on women. It also shows their contribution to the fight for equal opportunity.
The history of women and equal opportunities focuses on their positive role in the fight to achieve equality.