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To what extent have the goals of feminism been achieved?

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  • Submitted: 05/11/2007
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Democracy, the individual and society

To what extent have the goals of feminism been achieved?

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In simple terms feminism can be defined as the belief in equality between the sexes, based on the idea that gender should not affect a persons social identity, or socio-political or economic rights, and complete equality regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation or identity. (Wikipedia, 2006) Complete equality between the men and women can be further broken down into three main categories; social, economic and political equality. In my essay I will assess the extent that the goals of each individual category have been accomplished. However as feminism is a very broad doctrine, and some feminists are much more hard line than others, deciding to what extent goals have been achieved is dependent on whose definition of the goals you use.

The first area I would like to discuss is that of social equality between men and women. One of feminists' main social aims is to eliminate the double standards that occur between men and women in all aspects of life, varying from women being expected to take maternity leave instead

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Reviewed by: cwhite

Rating: 4 star(s)

Response to the question

This essay begins with a Wikipedia definition of feminism; an ideal start to any essay on feminism. The structure continues to be extremely clear within reading the opening line of each paragraph, “Another major political goal…” which makes the essay an easy read. The conclusion is confident and perceptive, which is most likely due to the fact that it is more than just a sentence long (like most candidates write). This puts the writer in an above average marking band.

Level of analysis

Key feminist sociological terms, “misogynist” and “exploitation” are used in context as well as more generic sociological terms, “ideology” which is useful. There are good uses of contemporary examples, “In Kuwait for example, the parliament just rejected a bill” as well as historical examples, “Although it seems amazing now up until 1918 women were not allowed to vote in Britain, and not until 1928 was the voting age lowered” which shows that the candidate has a range of sociological knowledge. Statistics are used, “Although the wage gap still occurs today it has been reduced by up to 15% since 1970 according to some estimates” which provides empirical evidence. This addition to their argument is worthwhile because it is therefore made less disputable.
I feel that this essay would benefit significantly from differentiating between the different strands of feminism. For example they could mention that liberal feminists feel that their goals have largely been achieved, from the introduction of anti-discriminatory laws in the workplace, whereas radical feminists, on the other hand, believe society needs to be radically altered if we are still to achieve true egalitarianism. So they would criticise liberal feminists for arguing “goals of feminism” have been achieved.

Quality of writing

Spelling is good, and the use of quotation marks is effective in indicating key terms, “glass ceiling” coined by other sociologists. References to sources have been made, throughout, to original authors in parentheses, “(Wikipedia 2006)” which allows the examiner to see that the writer has recognised, and is aware of, other people’s work. At the end the writer has also provided a more detailed bibliography/webliography - they should be given credit for not trying to pass others’ work off as their own. In addition this shows that they have taken sensitive care and consideration over the craft of their essay.

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