Title

Defining Third Wave Feminism at a Women's College: How Students At the College of St. Benedict Perceive Feminism

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

2007

Advisor

Sheila Nelson, Sociology

Abstract

The term feminist has had numerous different meanings and connotations. Feminism started as a late nineteenth century movement which has progressed though several waves. The first wave of feminism is best known for its surge at the beginning of the twentieth century with a focus on women's suffrage. The second wave of feminism occurred between 1960 and 1980 with a focus on economic equality and reproductive freedom for women (Baumgardner, 13 - 14). Now some believe feminism is embarking on its third wave. For many this is a wave with no distinct definition or platform.

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