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The woman's role in relationships as well as society has changed over the times. It is commonly believed that feminism is something that started in the late 1800's, and that women were completely under men's rule before that, but that is not completely true. In many cultures over the centuries, women have had different roles, often equal to men and sometimes even their superiors. It is a fact, however, that most of the time, and in most places, women have been considered second class citizens, giving men tremendous power in all perspectives of society.
When talking about modern day feminism in the western societies there are three "waves" to note. The first wave occurred in the late 1900's and early 2000's and was mostly about legal issues. Women demanded legal equality with the right to vote being a major issue.
The second wave of feminism came about in the 1970's when the issues were more focused on unfair gender norms, cultural inequalities and women's predetermined roles in homes and societies.
The third wave arose about 100 years after the first wave and was focusing more on feminist activity - putting words into action. This wave is ongoing and also includes reversing some mistakes made during previous "waves".
It is important to note that feminism never stopped existing between waves, and is today a hotter topic than ever.
Feminism is an ongoing strive to reverse the patriarchy and reach full equality between genders. The goal is that the society offers equal opportunities and responsibilities for men and women. Gender is not supposed to be an issue. Many people misinterpret feminism as a female fight for dominance over men, which is incorrect.
Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social equality of sexes. This includes seeking to establish educational and professional opportunities for women that are equal to those for men.