The History of American Feminism

Last week, a friend in the program asked if I knew of any infographics she could share with her class that went over the “waves” of feminism. Another girl in our program whipped up a great infographic that showed the basics of backlash theory by Susan Faludi. I don’t believe she made it publicly available, or else I’d link it here. Anyway, I was inspired to also make something that describes the history of feminism, at least in America. It was my goal to have this infographic hit all of the popular points of feminist history while also being intersectional and inclusive. I’m sure there are things I left out, but I think it includes a good mix of well-known events as well as important lesser-known ones.

If you’re interested in a more intersectional history of feminism, I highly recommend reading Feminism Unfinished, which is where much of the information in this infographic came from.

If you have anything you think should be added, or if you can recommend any texts/videos for those curious about feminism, please leave them in the comments below!

Click through to see the infographic on Piktochart where you can click the links to the suggested readings.

Waves of Feminism


One response to “The History of American Feminism

  1. I don’t know if it is important to add, but you mention Seneca Fall, Fredrick Douglass and race avoidance, so it might be interesting to note that they are linked because Fredrick Douglass asked the suffragists to wait their turn. This led to some bad blood between feminists and civil rights activists.


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