What exactly is the Fourth Wave of Feminism? – and what does it mean for the women of today?
Feminism is at an all-time high. Looking back on our rich, powerful history- the first wave of feminism centered around suffrage and legal gains, while the second moved to women’s reproductive rights. The third wave introduced more complexity to he movement through gender equality and a focus on the individual battles women face. More recently, there is a new wave hitting the feminism coast.
A fourth wave of feminism is here. The main issues women fight for today are fueled by the previous battles of the women before them –shattering glass ceilings, reproductive rights, as well as new issues brought into the spotlight, such as campus rape, workplace discrimination and sexual harassment.
Empowered by the constant connectivity of the Internet and the strength of the #MeToo movement, a new wave of feminists are speaking out in record numbers against discrimination. A new era for feminism has begun, full of passion, social-influencing power, and demanding change.
Highlights of the newest Wave of Feminism:
- The #MeToo movement – millions of women across the globe united, stepping up to share their own assault stories using the #MeToo hashtag.
- The Time’s Up Movement- bringing high profile assault cases to the spotlight. Influential and well-known men such as Roger Ailes, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, Mario Batali and former Senator Al Franken are exposed for their manipulative and atrocious acts, fueled by high-profile women and celebrities demanding changes in their respective industries.
- A record number of women seek political office and leadership roles. The demand for equality, rights, equal pay is brought to the public eye at record highs- highlighted by marches across the country, social media campaigns, and high-profile women taking a strong stance.