In light of the Women's March on January 20th 2018, I find it pertinent that we just recap what feminism is.
Some of you might be groaning already:
"ugh why do we even need feminism? it’s like the 20th century women have rights already?"
"yea... some women just need to be better than men ....and that’s just not gonna happen"
(***eye roll with an extra healthy dose of sarcasm sprinkled on top***)
So what EXACTLY is Feminism?
Feminism is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as:
"The advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes."
and defined by Miriam Webster Dictionary as:
-"The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes"
- "Organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests"
"Woah woah woah! hold up... what’s all this "equality" mumbo jumbo?"
I am SO glad you asked!
Lets break this down: Feminism is actually a sociological term to describe the efforts to have equal rights, representation, wages, healthcare and education for ALL people.
“Once more for the people in the back!”
So, if you believe that everyone, no matter their socio-economic background, ethnicity, religion, education but most importantly: their gender, should have access to basic human things such as
- Access to healthcare
- Access to equal education opportunities
- Access to fair and equal wages
- Access to housing
- Access to healthy nutrition
Then congratulations, you’re a Feminist.
Now this doesn't mean that you need to break out your body paint and most glittery bra and join a social movement (but props to you if thats your thing!)
All it really means is that you care about other people sharing this space, this country and this world with you.
...and hey, maybe they deserve the opportunity to work just as hard as you do to earn the things that you have.
Recap: Feminism= rights for ALL PEOPLE.