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Helms School of Government


Government: Politics and Policy


Feminism, Family, Politics, Marriage, College, Career, Childbearing, Parenthood


The past century has brought about more societal change in the United States and the entire world than any other century before it. Among the most influential of these trends is the movement of feminism, which arose in America in the 1960s. While conservatives and Christians are quick to condemn the more striking aspects of this movement—such as in regards to the mythical wage gap—as a whole, these groups have bought into the more subtle deceptions of feminism. Trends such as late marriage and an emphasis on education and career prior to family planning have only been exacerbated by reinforcement on both sides of the political aisle. In this thesis, I will examine the trends of late marriage, late childbearing, increased societal infatuation with education and occupation, how they link to the feminist movement, and how fixing what the movement has damaged is the first step to redeeming American society and culture.