Timeline of feminism

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The following is a timeline of the history of feminism.

4th century BCE[edit]

7th century[edit]

  • Reforms under sharia law provide women in the Muslim world with new rights, including prohibition of female infanticide and the recognition of women's full personhood.[2]

12th century[edit]

  • Philosopher Ibn Rushd argues that women are equal to men in all respects and possess equal capacities to shine in peace and in war.[3]

14th century[edit]

15th century[edit]

16th century[edit]

  • 1529Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa publishes Declamatio de nobilitate et praecellentia foeminei sexus (Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex), declaring the theological and moral superiority of women.

17th century[edit]

18th century[edit]

19th century[edit]

20th century[edit]

21st century[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Baruch, Elaine Hoffman, Women in Men's Utopias, in Rohrlich, Ruby, & Elaine Hoffman Baruch, eds., Women in Search of Utopia, op. cit., p. [209] and see p. 211 (Plato supporting "child care" so women could be soldiers), citing, at p. [209] n. 1, Plato, trans. Francis MacDonald Cornford, The Republic (N.Y.: Oxford Univ. Press, 1973), Book V.
  2. ^ The Oxford Dictionary of Islam (2003), p.339
  3. ^ Ahmad, Jamil (September 1994), "Ibn Rushd", Monthly Renaissance 4 (9), retrieved 2008-10-14 
  4. ^ de Beauvoir, Simone, English translation 1953 (1989). The Second Sex. Vintage Books. p. 105. ISBN 0-679-72451-6. 
  5. ^ Crawford, Elizabeth (2013). Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide, 1866–1928. London: Routledge. p. 10. ISBN 9781135434021. 
  6. ^ Grayling, A. C. (2007). Toward the Light of Liberty. New York: Walker & Co. p. 212. ISBN 9780802716361. 
  7. ^ Reid, Marion. A plea for Women (1843). Edinburgh: Polygon, 1988.
  8. ^ "Ms magazine website". About Ms. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ Steinem, Gloria. "Who is Gloria?". Gloria Steinem Official Website. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Roe v. Wade". Law.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  11. ^ http://www.americanbar.org/groups/women/about_us.html
  12. ^ http://www.americanbar.org/groups/women/about_us.html
  13. ^ http://www.americanbar.org/groups/women.html
  14. ^ Eakin, Emily (2002-03-30). "Listening for the Voices of Women – New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  15. ^ Executive Order 13506, Washington, DC: President Barack Obama, The White House, 11 March 2009, Obama, B., Retrieved 27 January 2014.