Feminism

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What is feminism? According to Google, it is the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Today, there are many feminists out there who are determined to promote equal opportunities for women in education and employment. Feminist movements are campaigning for women’s right such as right to work, equal wage as men, right to vote and to have maternity leave. Feminists also worked to protect girls and women from rape and sexual harassment.

It is a clear biological fact that men are born with a stronger build than women however, women should not be deemed as ‘weak’ and ‘incapable’ because of that. Feminists do not strive to become men. Being equal does not mean being identical. Both men and women should be given equal rights despite inherent differences.

Many celebrities are not afraid to call themselves feminists. One such example would be Beyonce. She wrote an entire essay on gender equality after the Shriver Report found that 42 million women in the United States are either living in poverty or are on the brink of living in poverty. “Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal? These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.”

Personally, I find that feminism is relevant to today’s context because it limits a person’s life. If today, women in some parts of the world can wear what they want, can earn a living, can go out of their houses, have the right to vote, are not treated like properties of men, then it is thanks to the feminists out there who thought it was worthwhile to raise the voices of women and represent women and fight for a cause that they believe strongly in. Feminism has established and achieved many goals as of today and most of the things on the female agenda have been accepted as national legal requirements and some even as international human rights.

Women and men should be treated equally in every aspect. Women are in no way inferior to men.

Ming Ting

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