Timeline of feminism in the United States

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This is a timeline of feminism in the United States. It contains feminist and antifeminist events. It should contain events within the ideologies and philosophies of feminism and antifeminism. It should, however, not contain material about changes in women's legal rights: for that, see Timeline of women's legal rights in the United States (other than voting), or, if it concerns the right to vote, to Timeline of women's suffrage in the United States.

Timeline of feminism in the United States[edit]

19th and early 20th century
  • First-wave feminism was a period of feminist activity and thought, that occurred within the time period of the 19th and early 20th century throughout the world. It focused on legal issues, primarily on gaining women's suffrage (the right to vote).
  • Second-wave feminism was a period of feminist activity and thought that first began in the early 1960s in the United States, and eventually spread throughout the Western world and beyond. In the United States the movement lasted through the early 1980s.[1]
  • Black feminism became popular in the 1960s, in response to the sexism of the civil rights movement and racism of the feminist movement.
  • Fat feminism originated in the late 1960s.
  • 1969: Chicana feminism, also called Xicanisma, is a sociopolitical movement in the United States that analyzes the historical, cultural, spiritual, educational, and economic intersections of Mexican-American women that identify as Chicana. Chicana feminism challenges the stereotypes that Chicanas face across lines of gender, ethnicity, race, class, and sexuality. Most importantly, Chicana feminism serves as a movement that helps women to reclaim their existence between the Chicano and American feminist movements. The 1969 Chicano Youth Liberation Conference began the Chicano movement and eventually, MEChA. At the conference, women began to get involved in the male-dominated dialogue to address feminist concerns. After the conference, women returned to their communities as activists and thus began the Chicana feminist movement.[2]
  • Difference feminism was developed by feminists in the 1980s, in part as a reaction to popular liberal feminism (also known as "equality feminism"), which emphasized the similarities between women and men in order to argue for equal treatment for women. Difference feminism, although it still aimed at equality between men and women, emphasized the differences between men and women and argued that identicality or sameness are not necessary in order for men and women, and masculine and feminine values, to be treated equally.[3] Liberal feminism aimed to make society and law gender-neutral, since it saw recognition of gender difference as a barrier to rights and participation within liberal democracy, while difference feminism held that gender-neutrality harmed women "whether by impelling them to imitate men, by depriving society of their distinctive contributions, or by letting them participate in society only on terms that favor men.” [4]
  • Equity feminism (also stylized equity-feminism) is a form of liberal feminism discussed since the 1980s,[5][6] specifically a kind of classical liberal feminism and libertarian feminism.[7][6]
  • Third-wave feminism refers to several diverse strains of feminist activity and study, whose exact boundaries in the history of feminism are a subject of debate, but are generally marked as beginning in the early 1990s and continuing to the present. The movement arose partially as a response to the perceived failures of and backlash against initiatives and movements created by second-wave feminism during the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, and the perception that women are of "many colors, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and cultural backgrounds". This wave of feminism expands the topic of feminism to include a diverse group of women with a diverse set of identities.[8][9]
  • Riot grrrl is an underground feminist hardcore punk movement that originated in the early 1990s in Washington State[10] (particularly Olympia)[11] and the greater Pacific Northwest. It is a subcultural movement that combines feminist consciousness and punk style and politics.[12] It is often associated with third-wave feminism, which is sometimes seen as its starting point. It has also been described as a musical genre that came out of indie rock, with the punk scene serving as an inspiration for a musical movement in which women could express themselves in the same way men had been doing for the past several years.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sarah Gamble, ed. The Routledge companion to feminism and postfeminism (2001) p. 25
  2. ^ "Exploring the Chicana Feminist Movement". The University of Michigan. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  3. ^ Voet, Rian (1998). Feminism and Citizenship. SAGE Publications Ltd. 
  4. ^ Grande Jensen, Pamela. Finding a New Feminism: Rethinking the Woman Question for Liberal Democracy. p. 3. 
  5. ^ Black, Naomi (1989). Social Feminism. Cornell University Press. 
  6. ^ a b Halfmann, Jost (28 July 1989). "3. Social Change and Political Mobilization in West Germany". In Katzenstein, Peter J. Industry and Politics in West Germany: Toward the Third Republic. p. 79. Equity-feminism differs from equality-feminism 
  7. ^ "Liberal Feminism". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 18 October 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2016.  (revised 30 September 2013)
  8. ^ Hewitt, Nancy. No Permanent Waves. Rutgers University Press. p. 99. ISBN 978-0-8135-4724-4. 
  9. ^ Tong, Rosemarie (2009). Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction (Third ed.). Boulder: Westview Press. pp. 284–285, 289. ISBN 978-0-8133-4375-4. OCLC 156811918. 
  10. ^ "It's Riot Grrrl Day in Boston: 13 Songs to rock out to at work". Sheknows.com. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  11. ^ Feliciano, Steve. "The Riot Grrrl Movement". New York Public Library. 
  12. ^ Garrison, Ednie-Kach (2000). U.S. Feminism-Grrrl Style! Youth (Sub)Cultures and the Technologics of the Third Wave. Feminist Studies, Inc. p. 142. 
  13. ^ Marion Leonard. "Riot grrrl." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 20 Jul. 2014.
  14. ^ Baumgardner, Jennifer (2011). "Is there a fourth wave? Does it matter?". Feminist.com. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  15. ^ Cochrane, Kira (2013). All the rebel women: the rise of the fourth wave of feminism. London: Guardian Books. ISBN 9781783560363. OCLC 915373287. 
  16. ^ Baumgardner, Jennifer (2011). F 'em!: Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls. Berkeley CA: Seal Press. p. 250. 
  17. ^ Cochrane, Kira (10 December 2013). "The fourth wave of feminism: meet the rebel women". The Guardian. 
  18. ^ Diamond, Diana (2009). The fourth wave of feminism: psychoanalytic perspectives. pp. 213–223.