Women's March on Washington

Feminism: the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.

If you agree with the aforementioned definition, then welcome! You, are a feminist.

For decades women have been fighting for rights to their own bodies, to vote, work and that’s just the surface. Today, we are STILL fighting for equal treatment in our patriarchal society. So, I’m going to dive right into the Waves of Feminism to, ya know, cover the bases of the long journey women have been through.

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Wave 1:

(1910s-1950s)—The right to vote. Women in this time period were very focused on politics. At the time the U.S. was founded, women citizens did not share all of the same rights as men, including the right to vote.We are all citizens, so why weren’t we able to have a say in who’s leading our community and country?Leaders such as Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth (and many, many more) took on the role of being the voice of women’s suffrage. After a 70-year battle, their voices were heard and voila, they emerged victorious with the passage of the 19th Amendment (see below) which granted women the right to vote.

Amendment XIX: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Wave 2:

(1960s-1980s)—The right to...our bodies. Women covered A LOT of ground during the Second Wave. The Second Wave focused on rape, harassment, domestic violence, reproductive rights, etc. During this time period women were considered the “second sex” because we lactate and menstruate. Women wanted to feel powerful, go out and work, and not tend to the household ALL DAY. The accomplishments of the Second Wave include:

  • Contraceptive pills
  • Equal Pay Act (LOL)
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibited companies from discriminating against age, sex, race, etc.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which investigated claims of discrimination in the workplace.

These are just a few of the accomplishments. If you’re interested in further reading...Google and/or pick up a book :)

Wave 3:

(1990s-Present)—This Wave is focused on the reformation the the word “feminist”. TO ME, this Wave was the, “clean your own house Wave.” While white women have made progressive strides, it seems as though they forgot about all of the other women—queer, Black, non-cis, disabled women, Hispanic women, etc. Other women minority groups were left out of certain aspects of the movement. Although we were focusing on tidying “our home,” we were still getting shit done and fighting for our rights...because women are indeed the shit. The focus during this Wave included maternity leave, reproductive rights such as abortion, welfare, gender violence, and more.

Wave 4:

(2005-Present)...some Waves overlap—The Fourth Wave is focused on combining justice with spirituality. I like to think of this Wave as the feminine divine. Women are reclaiming the their inner goddesses and it feels damn good. Women are proudly claiming having multiple sex partners...because we are sexual beings too! Women are claiming their bodies and fighting back! We are no longer allowing words like “bitch” and “hoe” to hold us back. Little and disabled women are claiming their sex appeal. Sex workers are getting their coins and sleeping well at night regardless of anyone’s opinions. Embracing our natural scents, our rolls and stretch marks, and shaving or not shaving. Women are finally living for ourselves and demanding respect! We have a “if you don’t like it, someone else will,” attitude and I LOVE IT!

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Now, I say alllllllllll of this to say the Women’s March on Washington is on January 21st at 10 am on Independence Ave. Feminists (not limited to women) are coming together to march for the rights to our bodies, the rights to equal pay, the rights for LGBT parents/spouses to have the same rights as heterosexual parents/spouses, to just be us and be appreciated! We all are fighting for equality, so if you are a woman, love a woman or came from a woman, please come out and march with us!