Equality as we all know when discussing Feminism or other modes of political thought means different things to different thinkers. However, in this brief discussion we will limit are feminist's goals of equality to the four distinct elements of women's suffrage, economic independence, labor rights, as well as a social movement. These points represent many of the same aspirations that other minority groups have had to fight for over the years in America; one can see many parallels between the struggles of the women's suffrage movement and the civil rights movement of the 1960's. The struggle for the right to vote for women lasted nearly 100 years these battles were fought by pioneers like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Alice Paul and Sojourner Truth. Economic independence was denied to women for a long period of time, women were unable to own property and forbidden from forms of commerce.
Women are often paid less than men even in the year 2006 for performing the same occupation. Labor equality for women would mean being able to work the same occupations as men i.e. Soldier, elected official, and construction worker. Social equality is a social state of affairs in which the different genders have the same status in a certain respect, at the very least in voting rights, freedom of speech and assembly, the extent of property rights as well as the access to education, health care and other social securities it is an all encompassing initiative which leads to equality in all respects. In addition, the social movement could be viewed as a social change in society.
Emma Goldman was a woman whose premise in the liberation of women was social change particularly a shift to the left towards socialism. Goldman's aspirations of socialism derived from her European root.