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Feminism is a school of thought that has its origins in the 1800s with the suffragists who fought for women's right to vote. Currently, feminism includes many diverse perspectives, in a range that includes Marxist, race-based, cultural, and poststructural feminism. Despite these variations, the central focus of feminism is the study of women's experiences and the elimination of bias and discrimination against women. A common belief that guides feminism is that gender bias exists systemically and is manifest in the major institutions in society, such as schools, the media, business, and government. Feminism examines the intersection of gender, race, class, and sexuality in the context of power.

Donna M. Mertens
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