Joan Jett’s journey embodied the journey of the Women’s Liberation Movement, also called the second- wave feminist movement, which demanded equal rights for women in both public and private spheres. Joan Jett is known as an icon for the Riot Grrrl Movement, also called the third-wave feminist movement, an underground feminist punk movement that combined feminist consciousness, punk style and politics. Jett and the movement have comparable journeys because they involved women who struggled for equality. Both entities challenged the traditional definition of the word ‘woman.’ Both were slammed by critics who said they did not have the right to self-determination and should be denied equal opportunity because they were women. Through the use of secondary sources to provide context and arguments, I will then use primary sources to provide evidence to the arguments. After applying this methodology, it will be clear how Joan Jett’s journey embodied the journey of the Women’s Liberation Movement. The journeys of the Women’s Movement and Joan Jett are significant to the lives of women because both laid the foundations for the progressive movements and social change of the present day.
Stacey Shelton is a senior at Kent State Stark. She will complete her bachelor’s degree in history this summer. She enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends, and playing sports when she is not busy with school work.