The research is expected to prove that although social reconstruction of sex and gender is not always beneficial neither for women nor for men, the struggle for equal opportunities has become a historically determined stage of social development.
These events reflect the changes in feminist movements and help to better understand the successes and failures of women in fighting for their rights.
Proto-feminist movements in Europe of the 19-the century The development of proto-feminist movements in Europe of the 19-the century played an important role in the promotion of the philosophy of feminism.
Women were inspired by proto-feminist concerns that women should be equal to men.
The impact of each event or development that will be discussed in this paper is connected with the changing role of women and with their changing opportunities in achievement of the established goals.
Thesis statement: Women’s role in the struggle for equal opportunities highlights the positive effects of feminism on the social reconstruction of sex and gender that was caused by a number of important historical events and developments, such as the development of proto-feminist movements in Europe of the 19-the century; passing the Representation of the People Act in 1918; demonstrations on women’s suffrage; women’s efforts during the First World War and the Second World War; the development of the first wave, the second wave and the third wave feminism.
In other words, the development of proto-feminist movements is connected with the development of feminist consciousness focused on the expansion of women’s rights and development of women’s rights movements.
The Female Moral Reform Society is an example of effective proto-feminist movement aimed at representation women in a powerful position, placing emphasis on the public advocacy of personal ethics (Gillis & Hollows, 2008; Worell, 2000).
Women in the Western culture are now no more satisfied with the role of a homemaker; they prefer to make their own careers and share the same rights with men (Howie, 2010).
This fact means women’s rights are based on freedom that can be viewed as a virtue, but not as a burden. The emergence of feminist movements and ideologies united under the title of feminism (Gillis & Hollows, 2008).