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Feminism, 19th- and 20th-century movement for women's political, economic, and social equality with men. Early feminists fought for women's rights to own property and enter the professions. U.S. women obtained the right to vote in 1920; in Great Britain women were enfranchised in 1928. Feminism had a major resurgence in the 1960s; current issues in the movement are equal pay and employment opportunities, abortion rights, and freedom from sexual harassment.

See also: Women's movements.

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