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In many historical contexts western feminist movements have demanded womens rights on the basis of gender difference In the nineteenth century attributes specific to gender were socially constructed Womens ideal role took place in the private sphere while the public sphere was reserved for men With the formulation of separate spheres in place feminist construed their feminine qualities to mean moral superiority over men Feminist argued that women be admitted to public life and politics based on the presumption that they would improve the establishment not because they possess a right to equal participation Accordingly women would receive the burden of betterment rather that the justice of equality The logic of inherent differences between women and men also implies that universal qualities apply to all women In this sense difference feminism encourages a world wide feminist movement grounded in those qualities innate to all women Solidarity founded in such gendered characteristics is problematic because it overlooks cultural diversity among women In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the British feminist quest for womens enfranchisement illustrated specifically these elemental problems of difference feminism I content that by utilizing ideals of difference feminism the suffragists ultimately limited both the political potential for British women and stereotyped Indian women as inferior British feminist suffragism beginning in the mid-nineteenth century faced opposition of immense proportions The ideal of domesticity was mapped onto middle-class English women and enforced stereotypes that placed women in the home functioning as mothers Politicians valorized motherhood and the private sphere to keep women from entering the public sphere It was put forth that in the privacy of her home a woman could retain and display her nature moral purity delicacy and refinement and that these qualities of feminine nature are the source of female power Therefore allowing women to enter into the turmoil of masculine life ie participate politically would corrupt the esteemed nature of women ad threaten their power in the private
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