How to Write a Paper on Feminism


"Feminism is the radical notion that women are people," Cheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler famously stated. If you value this movement and the results it has yielded, consider making it the topic of the next paper you set out to compose. Because the topic of feminism is a large one that encompassed many major events and movements, there is much about this topic that is worthy of exploration in a paper. This makes finding something related to the topic to write about an interesting task.

  • Review classic feminist texts. Before you begin writing your paper, familiarize yourself with the topic. Read some classic texts such as "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan and "Outrageous Acts & Everyday Rebellions" by Gloria Steinem. These texts will give you some background in the topic and get you thinking about feminism. As you read them, jot down some ideas that you find particularly interesting, making a list of things on which you may wish to focus in your paper.

  • Choose an argument to make. Review the notes you made when reading feminist texts. Choose the topic from your notes that most interests you, or the one about which you think you can find the most information. You may, for example, want to argue that, "feminism helped not only women, but also minorities," as feminists often join with those fighting for other freedoms as well.

  • Search for information relating to your specific argument. Seek supports to back up the argument you selected, looking for at least three solid supports that you can use to craft three body paragraphs in your essay.

  • Integrate interviews. If you can find people who have been touched by the feminist movement, do so, interviewing them to bring a distinctive voice to your paper. By placing quotes from people you interview in your paper, you can make it more compelling than it would be were it just filled with information you gathered from books.

  • Add quotations from experts. Select quotes from the sources you consulted to place in your paper, using them to support your arguments in the body paragraphs. Properly cite each quotation to ensure that credit is given as necessary.

  • Discuss the future. As you bring your paper to a close, talk about the future of feminism, reminding your reader that feminism isn't just a thing of the past, but instead a movement that is still present as people continue to fight for equality.


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