Feminism is one of those words that people either see in a highly positive or highly negative way. Some view it as the path to female empowerment, while others see it as negative movement that has stereotyped other individuals. No matter how you feel about the word or the movement, the fact is, it exists and its debates are ever-present in the backgrounds of our lives, whether you are a man or a woman.
So, what is it you really need to know about feminism? Offered here are ten things to take into consideration the next time you come across that word. Perhaps you will see feminism in a different light after reading this
What is Feminism?
First, what is feminism? Oxford Dictionary defines it as “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” But what, in essence, does that really mean? Feminists stand for equal rights based on gender equality, basically. Most men would probably say nowadays that they can accept equal rights—but the problem is, men and women are still far from equal.
Some men may wonder if the gender inequality feminists are suggesting exists does, in fact, still exist. We seem pretty modern nowadays, don’t we? The problem is that the feminist argument is more than just an assumption.
What’s the definition of gender inequality?
Gender inequality is the discrimination of a person based on that individual’s sex. However, gender inequality is not just a biological concept, it is also a socially constructed one—meaning our society has typically had specific roles for men and women that seem predefined, and some of this has resulted in gender inequality.
Women in Leadership
While more and more women are attending college in greater numbers to the point where they outnumber men, they are still not obtaining the leadership roles in professional organizations, no matter how hard they work. Only about ten to twenty percent of women in the United States, in fact, hold leadership positions. College educated or not, it seems that if you are a woman, you are less likely to obtain a leadership position
The Year of Equality is 2085
If the United States keeps progressing in leadership roles at the rate it is now at, women and men will not be equal in leadership positions until 2085. Isn’t that amazing?
The Wage Gap
The wage gap is still incredibly unequal. For every dollar a man earns, a woman earns .79 cents. Not much has happened in recent years to close the gender wage gap.
Women of Color
Unfortunately, the gender wage gap is even worse for women of color in the United States. African American women make .63 for every single dollar an American man makes.
College sexual assault is on the rise
Obviously, this is a bit disturbing. College sexual assault could be rising because of the increase in women going to college. However, it makes many women feel unsafe even in places where they should feel safe.
Girls are often denied and education
Around the world, about 62 million girls are denied an education. In a hope to offset this issue, the Unites States created the Let Girl’s Learn program to try and inspire increased education for women worldwide.
Empowering Women Helps the Economy
While more women work, an increase in economies can be seen. Therefore, it benefits everybody to empower women and to allow them equal status on an equal footing.