To build a movement means to organize for deeply rooted, systemic social change. Although the feminist movement in the United States has been characterized in a number of ways, at its center is the idea of a society free of women's oppression. At its core is the idea that gender matters in the allocation of resources, social roles, and the very organization of U.S. society. The struggle against male domination is fundamental to the organizing strategy of the feminist movement. The movement focuses on the fact that women have been excluded, relegated to unequal positions of authority, status, and power. The goal of the feminist movement is to dismantle this inequality.

Feminism and the Feminist Movement in Historical Context

Barbara A. Crow points out that the term ...

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