Third Wave feminism is essentially feminism
The term started to be used in the
early nineties when younger women were
trying to find their unique feminist voice
and also their place within feminism. While
they shared goals with second wave feminism,
they grew up with feminism and therefore
had different associations. It was a way
to define that unique and different perspective.
It is also a part of feminism designed
to give younger women themselves more visibility
as feminists and as feminist spokespeople.
There is an Alice Rossi quote from "The
Feminist Papers," which I think sums
this up -- "the public heroines of
one generation are the private citizens
of the next." I think that Third Wave
exists in more places and among more individuals
who are defining it on their own terms
and changing their communities in very
small ways, which collective add up to
a big impact.
I hope that helps,