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During the last decade issues concerning Who stole Feminism have been debated Although the issues are complex and the opposition argues that it has not been stolen that the fire burns on with ambitions of workforce equality monetarily and feminist leaders contend that they know exactly what this 2nd wave is and always was about Their views do have merit but I contend that it has been stolen for these cogent reasons Feminism has lost its identity as seen by the public and feminism has begun to backfire on its promulgators Feminism started as a movement in America and France in 1848 when the first group met to discuss what women needed in modern society They concluded that the right to vote should be the right of women in America as well as of the men The conclusions reached by the first American feminists manifested themselves in the 15th amendment along with the civil rights gained by minorities after the civil war Of course the Civil War and the emancipation proclamation spurred the 15th amendment heavily but the early feminist movement was on the minds of the legislators Feminist pursuits maintained focused on the goal of achieving voting rights for women In 1878 the article that would become known as the 19th amendment was introduced to Congress Not until 1920 after continuous feminist backing would the article be ratified as the 19th amendment The early feminists goal was easy to see Equal voting rights After 1920 the focus shifted from suffrage and onto equal civil rights The feminist movement gathered steam throughout the early and middle 20th century There were new conquests to be made and new inequalities to fight Until 1954 women were not allowed to serve on juries The demand for equal rights in Texas enabled the repeal of legislature in 1972 allowing men to shoot wives caught cheating without legal consequence when women started demanding the same ability when finding their
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