Mid 20th century, brought about right to vote, reproductive rights, participation in the public sphere, women regarded as people/persons case, property rights, education, separation of church and states, economic oppression, anti-slavery/abolitionist movement), second wave (1960s-1990s), & third wave. Here are some eloquent statements about feminism that help to define it while recognizing its complexities. Just as women" are not homogeneous, feminism is. Not just one way of thinking and organizing and working for change. I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: i only know that people call me a feminist whenever i express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. rebecca west, 1913. Instead of being the doormat, get up and be the door. lillian allen (toronto based dub poet) A feminist is any woman who tells the truth about her life. virginia wolfe. Feminism is the radical notion that women are people. cheris kramarae.