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On the possibilities of feminism(s)


I think that the typical metaphor of feminist development - the first wave, the second wave, the third wave, the fourth wave - that tends to make us think in a linear way about feminsms. That you get sequential waves that crash on the shore. The problem with the wave metaphor is that it doesn't really do justice to all the strands of very different perspectives that might co-exist in any one moment.

Historian Lucy Delap on understanding feminism as both mosaic and toolkit, connecting diverse movements across time and geography with a shared struggle for collective empowerment, within and beyond state power.

Lucy is author of the book Feminisms: A Global History from Oxford University Press.

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Lucy Delap

Lucy Delap is reader and deputy chair of the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge.