Women’s movement also goes by many other names. However, the general concept is used to describe a series of campaigns that ate designed to champion for reforms on different issues in the society. These issues include domestic violence, reproductive rights, maternity leave, women’s suffrage, sexual violence, equal pay and sexual harassment. The women’s movement priorities are not the same across the board. Instead, they vary one country to another. It also differs from one community to another. The history of the movement can be traced down to the Western World in 19th century.
The movement has evolved in time to undergo three waves. The first wave of the women’s movement was based on political equality and suffrage rights. The proponents of this wave of feminism were middle and upper class white women. The second wave was based on cultural and social inequalities. The third wave of feminism renewed and intensified the campaigns for women to have more influence in the politics of the society. The events and structure of the women’s movement is related to and influenced by the individuals at the time, the transformations in the culture and the specific campaigns that took place.
This paper will list and annotate ten scholarly sources reviewing different perspectives of the women’s movement. The bulk of the annotated bibliography will feature journal articles; with the paper featuring four journal articles. The bibliography will also feature two books and other reference material. The reason for the choice of topic is because it reflects the prevailing situation with women reaching for equality. Given this, it is important to trace the evolutionary path of women’s movement.
Antrobus, Peggy. The Global Women's Movement: Issues and Strategies for the New Century. Black Point, N.S: Fernwood Pub, 2004. Print.
Roces, Mina & Edwards, Louise. Women's Movements in Asia: Feminisms and Transnational Activism. New York. Routledge. 2010. Print
As espoused in the introduction, the women’s movement started in the West. It is for this reason that this book is important for this project. The book offers perspectives bout the women’s movement from the Eastern hemisphere. The book offers a comprehensive study of the women’s movement activities in Asia the book is written by experts and details the history of feminism throughout Asia. Additionally, the book details the current situation of women’s movement activities in the Eastern hemisphere.
Ryan, Barbara. Identity Politics in the Women's Movement. New York [u.a.: New York Univ. Press, 2001. Print.
The book recognizes the deterministic force that identity has become. Identity has been seen as a joining force because of giving people a sense of commonality. Identity has been increasingly seen as a way to free the rigid guidelines and definitions for affiliation. However, there is belief that the nebulous demarcations accorded to identity may serve to deny women the solid position from which they can contest for power with effectiveness. This book, cognizant of this fact discusses this position in the view of the postmodern era in which the feminists operate.
Banaszak, Lee A. The U.S. Women's Movement in Global Perspective. Lanham, Md. [u.a.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005. Print.
The book brings together different original essays on the women’s movement in the United States. The contents of the book are also tempered with analyses of the different activities of women’s movement as it happened in different countries. The comparative approach to the theme of feminism as a social movement is aimed at inspiring future research. The book further acknowledges the significance of women’s movement from the grassroots to the global scene.
Baker, Carrie N. The Women's Movement against Sexual Harassment. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Print.
Outshoorn, Joyce. Assessing the impact of women's movements. Women's Studies International Forum. 35. 3 (2012): 147–149. Print
The article focuses on new public discourses that have been constructed by the feminist movements that have recently sprung up in the recent decades. The effects of the materials of the discourses on the institutions, allocation of goods, rules, formation of new identities and values is analyzed by the article with special focus on prostitution and abortion.
Yoon, Yung. Democracy and the rise of women's movements in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Contemporary African Studies. 28.4 (2010): 525-528. Print.
This article is important for the project because it gives more perspective to the issue of women’s movement. The project presently feature perspectives from Asia, America and courtesy of this article, the project will bring women’s movements in Africa to perspective. The article related the influence of democracy in African states on women’s movement and the activities of women’s movement as a cause for the establishment of democracy in African States.
Roces, Mina. Prostitution, women's movements and the victim narrative in the Philippines. Women's Studies International Forum. 32. 4. (2009): 270–280.Print
This article analyzes the influence of women’s organization in creating the ‘Filipino woman’. This is part of a feminist project that aimed to address the issue of prostitution and its impact on the women in Philippines from 1985 to 2006. This is in cognition of the fact that the Filipino woman is haunted by the binary of issues that make women the victims despite the radical positions that women activists hold
Viterna, Jocelyn & Fallon, Kathleen. Democratization, Women's Movements, and Gender-Equitable States: A Framework for Comparison. American Sociological Review. 73. 4 (2008): 668-689. Print.
The article presents diverse case studies that examine the relationship between women’s movement, democratization and gendered state outcomes. The variation between and among the different cases is poorly understood though. It is in response to this dilemma that the authors in the article develop a framework that can be used to account for the variations in cross-national gendered outcomes.
History, Art & Archives: United States House of Representatives. The Women’s Rights Movement, 1848–1920. Web. 2013. 3 Dec. 2013.
This archive presents information detailing the women’s right movement. It contains historical essays pitting the congress women in that part of history and the connections that they had. This publication will give the project a feel of the women who made it in the murky waters of American politics to make it to congress.