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1. Over the past century, there have been 3 waves of feminism: The 1 st wave of the feminism movement for equality began as early as 1792 with the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft's book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman . At the time, women had few legal, social or economic rights —they had no direct relationship to the law outside of their relationships as daughters or wives. In fact, married women lost property rights upon marriage and women were mostly barred from higher education. Another 50 years passed before the first wave of feminism really gained momentum. It all began with the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840. When the American women delegates arrived at the conference, they found that they would be required to sit behind a curtain and not be seen or heard! The protest and outrage that followed the segregation of women at the Anti-Slavery Convention paved the way for the landmark Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 , which marked the first important expression of the demand for women's equality. Many early feminist activists had experience with social activism in the abolition movement.
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