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In academic scholarship and popular culture, feminism is sometimes theorized within a metaphor of a wave. This metaphor is intended to indicate a continuation of the feminist movement with historical peaks emphasizing specific cultural contexts. For example, the first-wave peak of feminism coincides with the suffrage movement in the early 1900s, which included the right to vote, in addition to legal protections and social changes, for women. The second-wave peak is attributed to the increased political focus in the 1960s, finding its apex with the first attempted passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. In each case, the “wave” is classified through a variety of characteristics, which are intended to embody the overall goals of the movement, but cannot possibly describe every ...

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