Marie Le Jars de Gournay, Anne Bradstreet and Francois Poullain de la Barre wrote during the 17th.
Feminists and scholars have divided the movement's history into three "waves".
Some, such as Frances Willard, belonged to conservative Christian groups such as the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
Others, such as Matilda Joslyn Gage, were more radical, and expressed themselves within the National Woman Suffrage Association or individually.
Some Postcolonial Feminists, such as Chandra Talpade Mohanty, are critical of Western feminism for being ethnocentric.
Black feminists, such as Angela Davis and Alice Walker, share this view.
In Britain the Suffragettes and, possibly more effectively, the Suffragists campaigned for the women's vote.
In 1918 the Representation of the People Act 1918 was passed granting the vote to women over the age of 30 who owned houses.
The third wave refers to a continuation of, and a reaction to the perceived failures of, second-wave feminism, beginning in the 1990s.
First wave First-wave feminism refers to an extended period of feminist activity during the nineteenth century and early twentieth century in the United Kingdom and the United States.