The wave of feminism formally began in 1848 when three hundred men and women rallied to the cause of equality for women. Modern feminist history is split into three time periods, or “waves”, each with slightly different aims based on prior progress. The first wave feminism was focused on overturning legal inequalities, particularly addressing issues of women’s suffrage; the second wave was focused on cultural inequalities, gender laws and the role of women in society; the third wave refers to diverse strains of feminist activity, seen as a continuation of the second wave and as a response to its perceived failures.Feminism is still an important topic today because women still don’t have the same rights and opportunities as men. Thanks to feminism, women now have greater access to education, more equitable pay with men, the right to initiate divorce proceedings, the right to make individual decisions regarding pregnancy and much more. There are still many things that women can’t do and we should keep fighting in order to give everyone equal rights and to end the non stopping abuse women have to go through everyday.