Some understand this word while others have a limited definition. Some praise this word while others condemn it. Some people fight for it while others sit on the sidelines. Feminism has come in various movements with various price tags.
Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.
Feminism is a women being able to run for president. Feminism is not having only women running for president.
Feminism is having women CEO’s. Feminism is not attacking or degrading male CEO’s. Feminism is equal pay for men and women in the same position.
Feminism is not keeping a qualified male from excelling just so a female who is not qualified can have the position.
However, there are some aspects in life where men and women are not equal; men cannot breastfeed a child, women cannot properly urinate while standing up.
There are just some things women and men will not be equal on. What feminism is asking is that the playing fields men and women can be equal on, they are equal on.
“We cannot succeed when half of us is held back,” said Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and an advocate for children’s education.
Yousafzai is a Pakistani woman born in 1997. She was traveling to the school her father had founded when she was shot in the head. She survived.
This spurred Yousafzai to continue her fight for girls to attend school; not all countries are trying for equality.
The World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report ranks the best and worst countries on equality based on “measures where women are traditionally disadvantaged to men”. The economists ranked 145 countries.
The worst included Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Jordan; the best included Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Ireland.
“Women are not likely to reach economic equality with men until the year 2133,” said the World Economic Forum in its report.
This does not mean women can take rights away from men. When fighting any situation for equal ground the oppressed should not make the oppressors suffer as the oppressed have or the cycle never ends.
Feminism is the right for everybody to be equal no matter their gender. By oppressing the male gender the original idea of feminism is no at play. This is the price people pay when they take feminism to an extreme and forget that feminism means to be equal where equality can be achieved.
The price tag for feminism has changed its price with almost every social movement. The age of enlightenment, a movement where the ideals of the world began to change in the 1700s, is one of the first documented times that men argued for the rights of women and equality: the price was men speaking up.
Then came the women’s suffrage movement in the 1800s where women began to fight for their rights: the price was women’s right to vote.
This movement led into the 1900’s with women gaining the right to vote in 1920. The civil rights movement in the 1960s changed the rights for not just women but people of color as well: the price was desegregation.
Though women have gained the right to vote, to work and to be leaders they are still not equal politically, socially and economically.
Yes, there are downfalls to being equal. Women will die on the battlefield, just like men do. Women will go power hungry and manipulate the system, just like men do.
Women will be flawed, just like men are, because we are all human. Feminism is a human ideal for humanity to see everyone on a level playing field.
Feminism is an ideal worth fighting for, even if you do not want to use the label. Having equality for people so we can all do out our best, be our best, and lift others up to become better can be a goal for all of humanity.