Feminist ideas and powerful women have been around for centuries. However, why did feminism as a global movement only emerge at this point in history? Constance Singam weighs in.
Constance Singam takes us on a trip through history, as she explains First Wave Feminism (late 1800s to early 1900s) and Second Wave Feminism (1960s to 1980s), not just in the West but also its manifestations in Asia.
“Over time several different strands of feminism have emerged. So, there is no one feminism, but many.” Constance Singam gives some opening pointers on the definition of feminism.
“Given Singapore’s colonial past, many women pioneers were European, mainly British.” Mandakini Arora and Constance Singam write about the impact of Western feminism on Singapore’s women’s rights movement.
“Feminism, as one of history’s more important social movements, confronted and challenged the most fundamental and intimate of human relationships: the relationship between men and women, between husbands and wives, between parents and children.” Constance Singam, one of the foremothers of Singapore’s women’s rights movement, writes about local feminism.