This is a vauge statement, so I'll answer with something equally vague. I think that depending on what development you're referencing there's probably another political/economic/sociological development that I could point to that could be just as great or more than of an explanatory factor as Feminist doctrine.If you examine history and the way women's roles changed rapidly from the 1960's to the 1970's, do you think it's a coincidence that it coincides with Second Wave Feminism/The Sexual Revolution and Gay Rights?
Second, roles changed for whom? This is my point. Minorities and poor women had always had to work outside of the house to support their families. This was not a new development for us, and if it was feminist didn't help us achieve it. Second, changes in sexual mores ect only occurred within certain enclaves within society. It was by no means a blanket phenomena, and in fact the evidence would suggest that American society as a whole remained fairly conservative during this time.
White women got the vote in 1920. Everyone else had to wait. And in fact, the sufferagettes recognized that advocating for anyone else to get the vote would be detrimental to their efforts to mobilize the Southern states, so women of color were cut out fairly early.Do you think it's a coincidence that women obtained the right to vote and started wearing no corsets and shorter skirts and pants soon following First Wave Feminism?
I think the pioneers of feminism got theirs for thine and were happy to take credit for everything else.The pioneers of feminism were women who actively did things to change society on a wide scale.