The 21st century is characterized by the universalization of Internet technologies (specifically in the U.S.). In the United States, anyone with a computer or a phone can start a small business, connect with someone on the other side of the country, or even start a movement. In the last decade some scholars point to a new wave of feminist activity particularly using the power of technology. But are the issues of this new wave of feminism products of the 21st century woman or is it the revitalization of 20th century feminism on the new stage of the Internet? Drawing from the analysis of key scholars of feminism as a movement and empirical study of two leading feminist authors, this article evaluates the previous question and its implications for gender equality in America. This paper argues that because the issues that feminists discussed in the second half the 20th century are identical to those of the 21st century, the fourth wave of feminism is only unique due to the new, technological platform on which modern day feminists discuss them.
Semester/Year of Award
Dr. Anne Cizmar
Department of Government and Economics
Restricted Access Thesis
Government and Economics
Cochran, Taylor R., "Examining Third and Fourth Wave Feminism New Movement or Continuing Saga?" (2018). Honors Theses. 544.