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Human Rights - Feminism

1. How has contemporary feminism altered the debate on human rights?

2. How active should the US be in ensuring that all nations respect the human rights of their citizens?

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1. How has contemporary feminism altered the debate on human rights?

Generally, feminism "aims to examine women's oppression, expose the dynamics of male domination and female subordination, and guided by that analysis, fight for women's liberation". (http://web.viu.ca/vaugeois/courses/trmt_153/feminism.htm).

There are three branches of contemporary feminism (liberal, social and radical feminism) (Mackie, 1994, cited in http://web.viu.ca/vaugeois/courses/trmt_153/feminism.htm). Each branch has altered the direction and expanded certain areas of human rights as they relate to woman; however, all branches share some common beliefs:

? Equal rights and opportunities for women
? All recognize that women are oppressed and exploited by virtue of being women
? All feminists organize to make change (in varying degrees) (http://web.viu.ca/vaugeois/courses/trmt_153/feminism.htm).

In terms of human rights, liberal feminism focused on certain specific areas of human rights, such as rectifying the informal discrimination against women that grows out of the differential socialization of females and males. It is accepted publically and has played a role in bringing about significant 'human rights' reforms such as:

? Justice in the workplace (i.e. equal pay for work of equal value, maternity leave etc.),
? Justice ...

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This solution discusses how contemporary feminism altered the debate on human rights, as well as how active the US should be in ensuring that all nations respect the human rights of their citizens. References are provided.

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