Sociological Theories of Soical Inequality; Feminism

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Feminism can be dcescribed as a movement that seeks social, economic and political equality between men and women. Feminism has a long history in the UK, although as a theory it can be traced back to two particular waves:

1. First Wave = Feminism is associated with women's suffrage movement in the early twentieth century, where campaigners fought for equality through accessing the vote for women in the UK.

2. Second Wave = Feminism is associated with the radical 1960s and 1970s, where it had become obvious that securing the right to vote had not brought the necessary social, economic and political changes that many wanted.

Feminist theory has many strands. Indeed, some have argued that there is a lack of coherence to the feminist movement and that feminists themselves are unsure what they actually want and how society should operate.

Principally, there are three main strands to second wave feminism:

1. Liberal Feminism = These asked for equality of opportunity between


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