The Number One Question About Feminism: The Third Wave and the Next Half-Century


  • Allessandra Gillis-Drage Axial Publishing


third-wave feminism. functional specialization


From its earliest beginnings, the women’s movement has evolved into a complex enterprise combining social, political, economic and academic organizations around the globe. The move into the academic scene (women’s studies, gender studies, etc.), in the past forty or so years, has given rise to debate about the purpose of feminism: what is feminism’s raison d’etre? Should feminism primarily be an advocate for political and social change, as it was in its early days, or should it focus on theoretical questions about women and their place in the world? The debate asks about method: what is the best way forward? How should we proceed? In response, my article explores Bernard Lonergan’s idea of Functional Specialization as a method that offers the potential to unify the global enterprise of feminism with the concrete and practical intent of improving women’s rights around the globe.

Author Biography

Allessandra Gillis-Drage, Axial Publishing

Alexandra Gillis has been deeply involved in the work of Bernard Lonergan for the past twenty-three years. She has written Thinking Woman (2006) and is co-author, with John Benton and Philip McShane, of  Introducing Critical Thinking (2005). She currently works as a secondary school teacher in Vancouver, BC.