First Wave of Feminism



The first wave of women's social, legal, and economic rights. All of the feminist schools as well as many more that I haven't named or that are still forming, start with the same premise: women are oppressed.

They disagree considerably in how they comprehend or explain oppression, what reform or revolution techniques they recommend to end oppression, and even who counts as a "woman" or if such a category exists at all. 


I examine several types of ongoing oppression of women in our global human society here, including social, legal, political, and intellectual inequality. 

The focus of feminism's first wave is oppression of these kinds. 


The first wave focuses on human rights, civic, social, economic, and intellectual/educational equality, as well as women's political and legal standing. 


It allows us to look at a variety of topics that are still relevant to women and men today, as well as part of the historical evolution of feminism in the Western world. 

Because of the cultural importance of rights found in Anglo-American feminism, this essay is centered around and devoted to it.


The first wave still prevails across several regions of our collective global society.

Along with the second and third waves, the first wave is a parallel struggle that is staggered and ongoing till every last Woman and Girl is accounted for.

Please click on the links below to learn more about the First Wave of Feminism in detail:


  1. Women are Rational, Autonomous and Equal
  2. Social and Political Rights for Women
  3. Legal Rights for Women
  4. Economic Rights for Women
  5. Women's Rights ARE Human Rights




~ Jai Krishna Ponnappan

You may also want to read more about Feminism and Activism here.

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