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Ever since the ancient times, women have been struggling to make their voices heard in a patriarchal society. While accounts of feminism efforts have been traced back to ancient Greece, historians now agree that the entire movement for gender equality has started in the 19th century and has passed through three different stages until present day.
The first stage saw the women of the 19th century and early 1900’s fight a serious battle for their social rights in a male-dominated system. Their main objectives at the time were to gain political power and the right to vote. It was only obvious that by obtaining the legitimacy to block a law that would worsen the situation of women across the country was the first step towards a normal society. Step by step, more and more women understood that they had the potential to contribute to the everyday life of their community just as much or even more than men.
The second stage of feminism has been dated between the 1950’s and 1990. This was a time when women sought to take the battle for equal rights to a new level. After gaining political legitimacy in the previous decades, now was the time to question equal pay, workplace etiquette and reproductive rights. More than that, feminism movement spurred other crusades for social equity in the likes of Gay and Lesbian Movement, the Anti-War Movement and others.
Feminism is currently passing through its third stage that started over two decades ago and which finds many women across the country continuing the work of all the brave generations before them. The movement itself has gone through many changes and schisms that have given birth to more radical groups, which in some cases take the meaning of gender equality a bit too far. However, feminism has come a long way and it has seen many social breakthroughs taking place, even if there are still many more measures that need to be applied in order to recognize women their rightful place in today’s society.