"Lady Anne's Great Books of Record challenge the notion that women in the 16th and 17th centuries lacked any power or control over their own lives.
"There is this misplaced idea that the feminist movement is predominantly a 1960s invention but debates and campaigns over women's rights and equality stretch back to the Middle Ages."
Women have been fighting patriarchy... since the dawn of patriarchy... 5000 years ago! But sure, we only called it feminism by the mid 1900s, but this is more an effect of mass media than the culture itself. In this, mass media has served us well.