A Feminist Timeline (in pictures) & the Abortion Ban

A Feminist Timeline (in pictures) & the Abortion Ban

A summary of the different waves of feminism, presented in pictures.



the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

19th – Early 20th century

First Wave Feminism. Focus primarily on legal issues and the suffragette movement which resulted in women having the right to vote.


Second Wave Feminism:

Intra-feminism and tackling issues such as sexuality, equality and discrimination.

Black feminism rose in popularity. The civil rights and feminist movements collided.


French Feminism: Écriture Féminine (feminine writing) Helene Cixuous: one of the early thinkers in poststructuralist feminist theory. She founded the first centre feminist study at a European university.


Difference feminism (there are differences between men and women but that no value judgment can be placed upon them and both genders have equal moral status.)


Third Wave Feminism – Individualism and Diversity redefining feminism.

Early 1990s: Riot Grrrl

Combination of feminist consciousness, punk style and politics.

Punk culture and individual expression in forms of music, art, dance, literature and film. This movement promoted individual freedom.


Fourth Wave Feminism is heavily associated with the use of social media.

Key Focuses:

~Street & Workplace harassment

~Sexual assault

~Rape Culture


~My body, my choice

~Gender pay gap

~Anti-Trump protests

~LBGT rights

Women still continue to unite and protest for equality as marches such as the ‘Women’s March’ take place yearly, all around the world.

Celebrities have a larger influence than ever, using their large platform to emphasise their political views, encouraging young women and men to smash the patriarchy and fight for their rights.

While planning and writing this blog post, it just so happens that American politicians have tampered with women’s rights once again. Abortion is now illegal in Alabama, meaning that women will be imprisoned and punished (serving more time than potential rapists!!!) if they chose to have an abortion, irrespective of the reasoning. Even though women make up 51% of Alabama’s population, the lawmakers are 85% male. There are only four women in the 35-seat Alabama Senate, and they are all Democrats. This situation is a huge reminder (if there weren’t enough) that feminism is 100000% still relevant.

Below are some posts from social media that encapsulate feminist views on this horrendous abortion ban.

𝖶𝗁𝗒 𝗐𝗈𝗆𝖾𝗇 𝗁𝖺𝗏𝖾 𝖺𝖻𝗈𝗋𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇𝗌.
𝖯𝗈𝗉𝗌𝗍𝖺𝗋 𝖹𝖺𝗋𝖺 𝖫𝖺𝗋𝗌𝗈𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗁𝗒𝗉𝗈𝖼𝗋𝗂𝗌𝗒 𝗈𝖿 𝖺𝗇𝗍𝗂-𝖼𝗁𝗈𝗂𝖼𝖾 𝖺𝗋𝗀𝗎𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍𝗌
𝖶𝗁𝗒 𝖿𝖾𝗆𝗂𝗇𝗂𝗌𝗆 𝗂𝗌 𝗌𝗍𝗂𝗅𝗅 𝗂𝗆𝗉𝗈𝗋𝗍𝖺𝗇𝗍
𝖤𝗆𝗉𝗁𝖺𝗌𝗂𝗌 𝗈𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗎𝗇𝖿𝖺𝗂𝗋 𝖽𝗂𝗌𝖼𝗋𝗂𝗆𝗂𝗇𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇
𝖭𝗈 𝗎𝗍𝖾𝗋𝗎𝗌, 𝗇𝗈 𝗈𝗉𝗂𝗇𝗂𝗈𝗇.

Finally, this isn’t only an issue in Alabama. Other similar restrictive bans have been passed in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota and Ohio. And that’s just America.

Similarly, abortion bans exist in:

Northern Ireland, Liechenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Malta, Poland, San Marino and in many more locations.

The fight isn’t over. Here’s a link to a Vogue article that gives helpful information on where to donate and how to keep abortion legal:


Thank you so much for reading. It is so important to understand the history of feminism and know where feminism stands today.

Comment any thoughts you’d like to share! Additionally, please let me know what else you’d like from this blog. Perhaps I could publish another post about feminism, female empowerment music/literature/art for example? Feel free to leave opinions and recommendations.

-Grace x

“𝓕𝓮𝓶𝓲𝓷𝓲𝓼𝓶 𝓲𝓼𝓷’𝓽 𝓪𝓫𝓸𝓾𝓽 𝓶𝓪𝓴𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝔀𝓸𝓶𝓮𝓷 𝓼𝓽𝓻𝓸𝓷𝓰. 𝓦𝓸𝓶𝓮𝓷 𝓪𝓻𝓮 𝓪𝓵𝓻𝓮𝓪𝓭𝔂 𝓼𝓽𝓻𝓸𝓷𝓰. 𝓘𝓽’𝓼 𝓪𝓫𝓸𝓾𝓽 𝓬𝓱𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝔀𝓪𝔂 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓵𝓭 𝓹𝓮𝓻𝓬𝓮𝓲𝓿𝓮𝓼 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓽𝓻𝓮𝓷𝓰𝓽𝓱” 𝓖 𝓓 𝓐𝓷𝓭𝓮𝓻𝓼𝓸𝓷.

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