An Intro To Feminism
Updated: Nov 22, 2020
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For starters, “What is feminism exactly?”. A lot of people have a misconception as to what feminists really aim for and try to accomplish. Some, for example, believe that women and feminists want more power than men or want to be held superior to men. The first thing wrong with that viewpoint is that feminists are not only women fighting for other women. Feminists could be men fighting for women. They could be anyone fighting for women's equality. The second thing is that feminism is fighting for the equality of sexes, meaning that men and women should be held to the same standard. By definition, feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies that aim to define and establish the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes.
For a long time, and still, to this day, Women are looked down upon in many areas of society, such as the workplace. Women have been fighting against society's stereotype and discrimination towards them for an extended period and while they have had success in gaining more and more basic rights, such as voting, women still have not gained all rights and equality that they deserve. For example, the gender wage gap, and women get paid significantly less than men do on average for a full-time job. “The United States in 2018 was around 18.9%, meaning that a woman working a full-time, year-round job earns 81.1% as much as her male counterpart earns.” as said in the article titled 7 charts that show the glaring gap between men's and women's salaries in the US by Sonam Sheth, Shayanne Gal, Madison Hoff, and Marguerite Ward (https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.businessinsider.com/gender-wage-pay-gap-charts-2017-3%3famp). We will continue fighting for rights and equality throughout society we will continue to be the voices that are needed!
-Makayla White TeensForWomen Head Editor