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Effects of the Feminist Movement in the West

The feminist movement in the West resulted in significant changes for women in all parts of their lives. The feminist movement in the West came into being with the radical student protest movements, and the United States civil-rights movement, in 1960.

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The feminist movement in the West resulted in significant changes for women in all parts of their lives. The efforts of the feminist movement organizations resulted in a shift in the workforce in which professional and blue collar jobs were opened to women, media's portrayal of women changed to more positive images, and there was an increase in women's equality in the arenas of politics, sports, and organized religion.

Feminism is an ideological reaction to unequal economic and social conditions. The feminist movement in the West came into being with the radical student protest movements, and the United States civil-rights movement, in 1960. The feminist movement has been instrumental in effecting wide-spread social and political changes. Feminism is committed to producing critical analyses of systemic power structures, theoretical presuppositions, social practices, and institutions that oppress and marginalize women, and to effecting social transformation. There is a tight connection between feminist practice which works on the ground to transform material and social conditions, and feminist theory, which is respectful of and responsible to the practices that are its sources and that it informs. In a reciprocal process, feminist theory is modified by what proves effective in practice, and practice is shaped by theory (Delmar, 2001; Humm, 1995).

During the late 1960s and the 1970s, women of the feminist movement saw it as their principal task to develop critical analyses of the structural features of patriarchal societies in consequence of which women and men, generally speaking, live markedly different lives from one another structurally and materially. Feminists concentrated on how these experiences were differentiated along sex-gender lines, initially looking less closely at how they differ along lines drawn by class, race, sexuality, age, ability, ethnicity, religion. The governing idea was that in patriarchal societies men occupy positions of greater power than women, and claim more access to what counts as valuable (Delmar, 2001; Humm, 1995).

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The feminist movement in the West came into being with the radical student protest movements, and the United States civil-rights movement, in 1960.

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