Similarly, the second wave feminism focused on personal and social issues as a way to raise the consciousness of women regarding the challenges and suffering that they were going through in society. In this regard, the proponents of this feminism movement sought to create awareness that the physical and sexual abuses as well as other injustices that women were facing in their personal lives was not their individual faults but rather a result of gender discrimination in society, which had been established over the years because of elements such as patriarchy. The aim of raising this form of consciousness was to agitate women and motivate each one of them to rise and join the fight for women equality. For instance, by raising the consciousness that they were not only wrong when they were abused physically but rather this was a way for men to discriminate them, women would become angry and unite again violence in the family. Moreover, it was expected that through uniting women, the political elite in society would be forced to establish legislation laws that protected women against violence and other forms of discrimination in society.
In conclusion, despite the fact that the first wave feminism created a platform for women to enjoy political rights such, it did not address the challenges that women faced in society because of its underlying social structures, thus creating a necessity for the second wave feminism. In this regard, the proponents of the second wave feminism thought that despite successfully fighting for political rights, the rights still failed to address the plight of women in society because gender discrimination that was integrated in the very fabric of society. Therefore, through targeting personal and social issues, the proponents of this movement aimed to encourage individual women in society to arise and fight for their rights.