Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Thursday, January 2, 2014

British Fourth Wave Feminism Searches for Intellectual Leadership

Feminism is on a High--but it Needs an Intellectual Voice.

This so-called fourth wave of feminism is a young wave, untempered by previous generations (partly because they ran out of steam after the last national women's liberation movement conference of 1978 in Birmingham). After the first wave of early 20th-century suffragettes led by the Pankhursts, the second wave of de Beauvoir's optimistic postwar wave and the third wave of 1970s bra-burners, we've waited a long time for the fourth. That it is a young wave accounts for its energy but it also points to its weaknesses.

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