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Term Paper: Feminism
November 26, 2007
Dr. Mark Crane
November 26th, 2007
Twentieth Century Feminism
The twentieth century was an epoch of great and radical changes in almost every aspect of human achievement. One such example is feminism, a movement to attain political, social and other rights to equal those of men. To conservatives and the majority of men, feminism spread across the globe like a plague, but to women far and wide, it swept through the world as a breath of fresh air, bringing new ideas, self-identity and hope. In particular, it influenced the lands of Egypt, China, America and England with the utmost intensity in very similar and different ways. The striking similarity between all feminists was to free themselves from the oppression of men, while every other goal the Egyptian, Chinese, American and British feminists had were dictated by traditions and the religion they had to adhere by.
For this, the main difference in global feminism appears to be the opposition faced, not the goals they wish to achieve.
For each feminist movement in any country there have been those who lead, that stood out from the rest, who had the courage to step up for her fellow woman. Each and every one of them had come up with the same conclusion; that women need to free themselves from men, to remove the shackles from their ankles and live for once in their life. Malak Hifni Nasif, better known as Bahithat al-Badiya, an Egyptian feminist felt that because women have been "enslaved" by men that they are not accustomed to doing hard was, as men are. Therefore, it is unfair that men classify women as the weaker of the two sexes as they are...