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The old definition for feminism was defined as working towards an overall goal as a group to achieve economic and political power Today this new definition no longer holds true because many women are misrepresented and confused by many new definitions of feminism This confusion has created womens ability to take matters into her own hands and follow her own goals and inspirations-whatever they may be The history of the feminist movement dates back many hundreds of years as a developing society slowly eased its grip around womens oppression Women traditionally had been regarded as inferior to men physically mentally and spiritually Both the law and religion had ordered their subjection Women could not possess property in their own names engage in business or control the disposal of their children or even of their own persons Although Mary Astell and other activists had pleaded earlier for larger opportunities for women the first feminist document was Mary Wollstonecrafts Vindication of the Rights of Women written in 1972 In the French Revolution womens republican clubs demanded that liberty equality and fraternity be applied regardless of sex but this movement was extinguished for the time by the Napol code In North America although Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren pressed for the inclusion of womens emancipation in the Constitution the feminist movement began in earnest in 1848 At this time Elizabeth Cady Stanton Lucretia Coffin Mott and others in a womens convention at Seneca Falls NY issued a declaration of independence for women demanding full legal equality full educational and commercial opportunity equal compensation the right to collect wages and the right to vote Led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan Brownell Anthony the movement spread rapidly and soon extended to Europe Over the next seventy years womens demands for higher education entrance into restricted trades and professions married womens rights to property and the right to vote were conceded In the United States after
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