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date: 20 September 2019

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Feminism in the United States has been declared dead or in serious decline repeatedly throughout its history. This chapter examines contemporary, or “third wave,” feminism and examines whether or not it is in a state of decline, the identities embraced by contemporary feminists, and the coexistence of different feminist generations. It investigates contemporary issues of racial-ethnic identity, sexual orientation, and transgender inclusion and exclusion in the movement. By juxtaposing the tactics, strategies, and tools of previous feminist generations with the goals and concerns of contemporary activists, this chapter provides a corrective to those who announce the death of feminism, while detailing the issues that continue to plague feminist organizations and activism.

Keywords: contemporary feminism, third wave, generations, transgender, race, ethnicity, activism, women’s movement

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