It analyses the influence of different issues within the society on the life of women. Issues such as social class, race and ethnicity, age, religion, and sexuality and their connection with gender form the basis of the formulation of feminist ideas and the propagation of these ideas in the quest for alleviation of gender inequality (Ballantine and Roberts 181). The exploration of the feminist theory, how and when it was developed, its purpose and impact on women with reference to real life examples is critical in offering substantial knowledge on gender issues.
The wave of feminism developed from the struggle to liberate the female gender in all aspects of existence; socially, economically, and politically, legally, and psychologically. Prior to the rise of feminist scholars,women had suffered significantly from the perception of the female gender as a weaker lesser gender in comparison with their counterparts. This led to the development of gender-based violence (physical, emotional, and sexual among others),oppression, and gender inequality. However, from the 18th century through to the 20thcentury, feminists focused on the analysis of the way of life in the society, gender roles and relations, and the enlightenment of women. The mid-1900 saw a further development of the feminist ideas. During this period, feminists and propagators of the feminist ideas sought to liberate women to take part in different professions, to own property, to engage in their basic rights like in voting. Moreover, feminists strived to end gender-based violence, which was majorly propagated by the male gender, thus impacting immensely on the female gender (Scott 176).
Most of the critical feminists of all time were women, though an equally great number of male feminists are known. However, all advocated different matters, but similar feminist thoughts and concepts. Depending on the concepts feminists held/hold, they can be grouped into five major groups. There exists liberal,