Feminism, the unfinished revolution: An analysis of feminism within Canada and its continuing utility
LE3 .A278 2012
Bachelor of Arts
For the past several decades feminism has produced and fought for the equalization and emancipation of women. The first and second wave feminist movements created a lot of social change and in the 1970s alone Canadian women made incredible gains towards equality. For the first time Canadian women were no longer seen as second-class citizens and started to fully and actively participate in the political, educational and socio-economic spheres. Though the recognition of women’s rights has been attained there is still a manifold amount of work before complete equity can be achieved. So why is it that although there is still much work to be done, feminism is at a standstill? Many have labelled third-wave feminism to be “dead”. However, feminism is not only alive and still questioning the dominant paradigm, but is relentlessly fighting, struggling and rebelling for (what I have deemed to be) their unfinished revolution. Radical and Black feminist theories along with Marxist Feminist framework will help frame my research throughout this thesis. Within this thesis I analyze qualitative interviews and secondary sources to explore why feminism is not only relevant but undeniably needed for today’s women and men and how feminist perspectives can be a useful tool in the obtainment of social justice for women.
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