ABSTRACT

For more than 30 years obituaries have been appearing for the second-wave

women’s movement, in what has been called ‘false feminist death syndrome’.

By 1998 Time magazine is said to have run 119 death of feminism stories.1 The grounds for pronouncing death are rarely clear. Some believe that feminism is

no longer relevant because equality has already been ‘done’. There is often

thinly disguised irritation that feminist claims-making is still happening, at least

in Western democracies. Or else there is a lack of knowledge that such claims

are still being made, perhaps because of lack of media interest. The women’s

movement is no longer ‘new’ and therefore is no longer ‘news’. The women’s

movement has outlived the attention span of the media.