Feminism's Future

Is the women's movement growing or losing power?


Thirty years of modern feminism have shattered old barriers in employment, education, sports and military service, bringing uncounted changes in American life. Most Americans endorse the progress, but many women resist the term “feminist”. They fear being stereotyped as strident, humorless and anti-male, or worry that feminists downgrade the importance of motherhood. The women's movement, meanwhile, has spawned an array of competing organizations that disagree over such issues as abortion, pornography and the proper role for government in American life. Most attacks on feminism nowadays are heard from conservative females. But feminist leaders say that an electoral “gender gap”and high levels of political activism show that the movement is alive and even growing.

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