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Still Needing the F Word

What is feminism? Quindlen defines feminism to be the “belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” If you were to look at the same definition in Wikipedia, it would say that feminism is “Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.” Quindlen’s analysis of feminism had inspired me to do my own analysis of what feminism is.

There have been movements such as “in contract law, property, and voting – while also promoting bodily integrity, autonomy, and reproductive rights for women. Feminist campaigns have changed societies, particularly in the West, by achieving women’s suffrage, gender neutrality in English, equal pay for women, reproductive rights for women (including access to contraceptives and abortion), and the right to enter into contracts and own property.” Feminism is all about creating equal rights and opportunities for women and men. What I have just listed is some of many issues that females, along with the men who support them, have faced when trying to create equal opportunities for women.

Although there have been many feminist movements, and women have overcome so much, they still face struggles till this day. The main issue that women face within the inequality between women and men is equal pay. There are many cases where both women and men are engaging in the same job, partaking in the same tasks, for the same amount of hours, but by the end of each year, we see a trend of men being paid more. Men are usually assumed to be the bread-winners of the family, however, there are a lot of families out there where there is a single, working woman who has to raise multiple children on her own. Society is changing, and so should our ideals. We need to look at every issue, at every angle. It would be unfair to deprive the single woman, raising children all on her own, by paying a man with the same job more, when he has a supportive family and has a wife who is also bringing in an income.

All in all, Quindlen’s article had opened my mind to think about what I think of when I hear the “F word”.

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