Feminism And Social Work

Feminism has become an old-fashioned term in this postmodern era. But, the fact is that emphasizing the economic, social and political structures in a way that it can shape the human society as well as it can stress on the gender perspective while examining the impacts related to oppression, powerlessness and domination that are going on in the society. When it comes to developing a professional identity as well as identifying a social work profession, it has been seen that it is directly proportionate with the feminist as well as the empowerment theory.

Continuous oppression along with discrimination against women has been perceived throughout the historical viewpoint and it is about various points that reflect that how they are different than the men. According to the theories by Jordan in 1992 and 2010, stronger emphasis linked with connection as well as power associated with mutual relationship is the factor that characterizes the concept of feminist social work. According to the theory of Armstrong and Coyle, by highlighting the fact of gendered nature associated with the social relations in diverse dimensions of public as well as private life, the feminists have created a revolution in the modern world. This theory analyses a whole new dimension of social existence, like exclusion of women workers when it is about high-paying jobs. Among other theories, Rush and Dworkin stated that from a longer period, men have been exerting a social control over the women with different forms of violence (emotional, sexual as well as physical). Many feminist groups argued over how women will be truly free and for this, men in the societies have to unshackle themselves from the chains of adherence and faithfulness towards the patriarchal social relationships, as per the theory of Dominelli, McLeod and Collins.

The feminist social work has begun to come to the surface after exercising feminist social actions with the help of women working side by side with other women in all of the communities. The key aim of such groups is about improving the well-being of women which is possible by linking all of the personal predicaments present in their minds as well as their private sorrows that are very often untold to the society and it reflects towards the social position as well as status of them in the society. Many of the social workers have stated that such personal ills of gender discrimination, powerlessness and dominance are the creation of society, like mentioned by Attlee in the research which is about the feminist social workers and their efforts to identify the roots of women’s troubles looking at their roles as well as social positions in the society.