Happy International Women’s Day to everyone!
In the 21st century, we take this day very seriously. It’s a day to appreciate what all the women in our lives do for us, as well as consider feminism and the progress it has made for equal opportunities for both men and women.
Before we continue, we just want to quickly remind everyone what the definition feminism is.
the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.
That’s it. Pretty simple.
Now, in honor of #IWD2016, we got together some commentaries from The Millennial Times staff as well as some outside sources for what feminism means to them. We’d love for you to take a quick read and look, and then post in a comment below what feminism means to you. Then, share with friends and family!
“Feminism to me is that women are equal to men in every single aspect. It's the hope that one day women won't have to live with the disadvantages they've faced for all of history. It's the idea that a woman can be strong, powerful, and successful without having to live up to the stereotype of also being sweet, dainty, and submissive. It's complete equality.”
“The worst thing humans ever did was create the patriarchy. Feminism is useful and the magic bullet to solving all of society’s problem.”
“Never has it occurred to me that women and men are not equal; I have always treated that as a fact not as an opinion. Once we accept equality among the genders we accept feminism, and once we accept feminism we accept the creation of an inclusive society meant to create opportunities not destroy them. Only when see a woman and a man as equal will we be able see our species as one.”
“Feminism means that you feel empowered and not inadequate to man, you couldn't care less what a man thinks of you, and you are equal in every sense of the word to a man, because we have spent too long under the patriarchy and need to shine on our own now. Feminism also means not being afraid of walking down the street in fear of getting raped.”
“Feminism is the absolutely radical notion that people should be treated the same regardless of which, if any, gender they identify with. It is the idea that your daughter and son should have the same opportunities; that neither should face discrimination. Feminism is not the want for the destruction of men. Do not let the connotation of the feminist monster scare you from the true meaning. Feminism is equality.”
“Feminism is a mindset where a woman is considered just as valuable as a man. Feminism is mutual respect and equality between sexes. It is a concept that doesn't settles for stereotypes or social double standards; because ultimately, what is acceptable for a man is acceptable for a women, and vice versa.”
“Feminism time is the idea that no matter what your gender identity is, you are able to be recognized and appreciated for your work. Feminism is not women over men or radical riots or overthrowing a mass patriarchy. Feminism is my future daughter being paid just the same as a man for her hard work in whatever field she picks. Feminism is equality.”
“It’s not often that I get to make my own choices without having a shadow of doubt behind my decisions, whether they’re placed there by my peers, my family, or even myself. I work hard to overcome my own distrust in myself, the discrimination I face for practicing a religion that many associate with danger and destruction, and the overall notion that I am lesser than the patriarchy simply because I am a female. Feminism gives me a means to fight for a better life, a better future for both my daughters and sons, and better relationships with those around me. Not one country in the world has yet to reach 50/50 and 100% equality for men and women economically or socially, thus - it is very important all of us keep working to strive towards that goal. Feminism isn’t a progressive/liberal vs. conservative debate - it’s a term we should automatically identify with as humans.”
“Feminism simply advocates for the equality of men and women. Not for women to be better, but to have the same opportunities as men. Feminism benefits everyone, men and women alike, and if you don’t like it, it’s probably because you don’t know what it means.”
“For me, it's the recognition that gender inequality still exists and actively trying to not propagate it, like many do without really realizing it.”
“For me, feminism is so much more than just a word. Feminism is the passion behind millions of women standing up in the face of their oppressors and demanding suffrage. Feminism is the determination that drove the demonstrations for abortion rights during Roe v. Wade. Feminism is the strength that inspires people around the world today to fight back when society tells them they are worth less because of the color of their skin or their gender or their sexual orientation. I am a feminist simply because I believe in the empowerment of the unempowered.”