Our meeting this week was action-packed and I think everyone left with a much better understanding of the different waves of feminism. In case you forgot, here’s a quick breakdown:
- First wave – Focused mostly on women’s suffrage. For the most part, very white-centric, as many women believed that they should focus on getting women the right to vote before getting blacks the right to vote.
- Second wave – Advocating for reproductive rights, as well as social equality. While more accepting of racial differences, this is the wave that is generally associated with TERFs (trans-exclusionary radical feminists).
- Third wave – The third wave finally brought our favorite thing, intersectionality, into the spotlight.
- Fourth wave – This is what we are in now! There isn’t really one defining characteristic of the current wave, but if you want to read more about it, here is a link to the article that we had printed out during our meeting.
Like we talked about at the meeting, it is important to remember that the idea of waves is, in and of itself, erasing a lot of voices and activists that were fighting to be heard way before Elizabeth Cady Stanton even thought about holding the Seneca Falls Convention. We’ll talk more about this at a later meeting, but it’s just a good thing to keep in mind.
If you want to learn more about the waves, here’s a few e-board approved articles that you might find interesting!
- Four Waves of Feminism (This is the article we sent out in the email before this week’s meeting.)
- Women’s Lib (Feminism 101)
- Feminism in “Waves”: Useful Metaphor or Not?
Now that you’ve got some reading material to help you procrastinate on studying for your next test, enjoy the next few days and we will see you at the next meeting!
As of Fall 2016, Trea Lavery is FSO’s Blog Coordinator and a member of the E-board. She is a journalism major and is passionate about terrible punk music, taking care of her plants, and making her winged eyeliner sharp enough to kill a man.