Sample Women and Gender Studies Essay Paper on Understanding Feminism

Understanding Feminism


 Over the years different organizations around the globe have been advocating for feminism through several techniques including enacting of unique laws that were designed to empower women.  The increase in the rate of these discussions limited my understanding of this concept as I considered it a battle for power between the two genders. In most cases, activists advocating for the implementation of women’s liberation proposed that women should be given more power in all spectrums of human life including political, economic, health and education (Boston & O’Grady, 2015). To me, this was a mechanism of ensuring that these activists get more power in the society. Additionally, I believed that feminism was a manifestation of modern-day discrimination as it created a rift between the two genders and promoted hatred against men. Considering most of the sectors of the society are controlled by the masculine gender and the principle of feminism was against this, the activists made me believe that men were the obstacle to development in the modern society. 

Through taking the course I hoped to learn the genesis of the great rivalry between the two genders. Moreover, I hoped to learn how the different principles of women’s rights were developed and the effect of feminism ideology to the society.  The course would also enable me to understand the steps implemented by the society to ensure that feminism does not breed a new form of modern discrimination between the two genders. Similarly, it would enable me understand how this belief limits global development across all the sectors including education and health. Considerably, this paper will discuss the different concepts of women’s liberation and how it has helped in shaping the society. Moreover, it will elaborate on the role of history and experiences in increasing the concepts of the ideology under investigation. This would be presented by the readings used in understanding how the society managed to stage equality between the two genders.


 From a historical perspective, the concept of feminism was presented by different women who advocated for equality among the two genders. It was used to describe cultural, political and economic movement that was established to fight for equality and legal protection of women. The course helped me understand that the development of the ideology was a process that took place in different stages in various countries around the globe. The root of women’s movement can be traced back to Greece and started in around 1830.  This was known as the first wave were the women fought for equal property and contract rights that were limited due to the cultural practices of their community.

 The second wave took place between 1960 and 1980 and invoked a heated debate on different issues including sexuality, family, reproductive and workplace rights (Boston & O’Grady, 2015). I also learned that the United States was one of the countries that ensured that this stage of feminism was a success through implementing some of its principles. The third stage took place from 1990 to present and it  largely concentrates on the political rights of the female gender.  The course also helped me to identify some of the women who played major roles in fighting for the rights of their counterparts including Simeone de Beauvoir, Eleanor Roosevelt, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel and Risie the Riveter.

These readings helped to enhance my growth in understanding feminism considering the immense efforts most of the activists employed in ensuring women were accorded equal rights as men.  Particularly, the reading about the efforts by Gloria Steinem who was responsible for leading women liberation movements between the 60s and the 70s and also opened up the Ms Magazine as well as other female organizations that help in changing the face of feminism (Midden, 2014). Some of the associations she helped in establishing included the National Women’s Political Caucus and the women media center whose influence has helped in bringing significant changes in the modern world. 

Introduction to Feminist Concepts

 The urge for feminism was increased by the modern developmental concepts that encompassed different perspectives including the formulation of the culture of law. Like any other human being, women deserve to be given equal rights as men comprising contract, property and voting right that have direct effects on their daily life (Midden, 2014). Increasingly, women have shown enough qualifications in different field that provides them with the opportunity to get access to the same benefits that the masculine gender enjoys. Through these abilities, they can help in increasing their contribution to global development equally like men.

My urge to introduce feminine concepts was also contributed by the increased level of neglect of women in the society and the unfair allocation of resources. For instance, as at 2017 only Rwanda and Bolivia had reached the 50% mark of ensuring gender balancing in their parliaments. Other regions including sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America have applied the concept and are improving on the number of positions allocated to women. The use of the different principles of feminism has, in turn, increased the need to use social equality principles in ensuring community growth is enhanced and different types of discrimination limited.

Role of Family, Culture and the Society

 The concept of feminism has enabled me to have a different understanding of the family, culture, and society.  My new understanding of gender rule in both family setting and in the society is that the roles are learned but not determined by biology. Both man and woman in the family should ensure they engage in practices that will help in differentiating their roles. Criticizing the role of the nuclear family was originally emphasized by women in early 1950 and advocated for redistribution of the roles accorded to every person in the family.  Understandably, the society has over the years limited the understanding of the roles of women in the community as they are constantly left out in essential activities including heading of the family. In essence, women should also be allowed to make informed decision

 Feminism also helps in questioning different aspect of culture and how the practices were formulated. Moreover, the use of cultural feminism has enabled women to increase their ties as they believe they have biological; superiority than the other gender. Although this undermines the abilities of men, it helps in assuring women that they are equally important in the society.  The increase of the rate of feminism in the world has been promoted by the ethical aspects of the community and its values that consider man more important than women thus increasing the rift between the two genders.

Gendered Dynamics of Relationships

  Over the last two years, I witnessed an increasing number of relationship dynamics among family and the society that defined the growth and development levels. I believe that different policies were developed by the society to limit the participation of women in some areas of the social development. For instance, not giving women the same representation as men in the legislative body, the community limited their contribution in the law making process.

 Other behaviors in the society are also practiced but remain unquestioned and widely accepted as one of the proper ethics. I believe these behaviors are sometimes considered inappropriate by different members of the society who consider that it contributes to increasing the rift between the two genders.  However most of those who advocate for feminism forget that it may lead to the demining of the male gender and treating them unfairly. Behaviors like sharing of house chores have primarily been left for women but over the last decade, most of the feminists have advocated for equal rights even in the family thus enhancing some level of animosity between the two genders and sometimes leading to family dynamics.


 The concept of feminism has over the years promoted the level of fairness in the community. The ideology does not only consider unfairness and unequal distribution of resources as the main mechanisms for lack of standardized development in the community but also believe that equality should be manifested in all areas of the community.  Understanding the effects and principles of feminism, I would use them to promote proper ethics in the community among the coming generations. Additionally, I encourage the increase in the number of women in different sectors of the society such as the legislature that will increase their participation in the law-making process of any country.     



Boston, S., & O’Grady, F. (2015). Women workers and the trade unions. Lawrence & Wishart.

Midden, E. (2014). Towards a more inclusive feminism: defining feminism through faith. In Transformations of religion and the public sphere (pp. 210-227). Palgrave Macmillan, London.