What Is Feminism?

The Cambridge Dictionary describes feminism in the following way:

“The belief that women should be allowed the same rights, power, and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way, or the set of activities intended to achieve this state.”

Given this definition, most people would describe themselves as a feminist.

There are many who feel that all that is necessary for one to be a feminist is to hold the aforementioned belief.

However, there are some who feel that there is more to being a feminist than simply believing in it.

What is it Feminist Do?

Advocate for –

  •   equal rights,
  •   equal respect,
  •   equal opportunities.

Feminist may do this in their personal lives:

  •     by embracing feminist principles;
  •     by raising their children to hold feminist values by standing up for their beliefs.

Some Feminist become activists advocating for:

  • An end to practices that are harmful to women –
    • female genital mutilation, sex trafficking , child marriage, forces marriage.
  • An end to Men’s Violence against Women –
    • advocating, campaigning through activities like: Reclaim the Night, websites & Facebook such as: Destroy the Joint, White Ribbon Day;
    • Signing petitions such as http://www.endtherighttorape.com.au/ – A support for women who are victims violence & abuse – which can include emergency help lines, well-trained police, women’s refuges, domestic violence services, public awareness campaigns, self-defence training, rape crisis centres etc, and funding for the above.
  • Challenging Sexist Attitudes – in advertising and media.
  • Reproductive rights –  promoting the need for access to sexual health centres, contraception, legal and safe abortion, pre and postnatal care, health education.
  • Women in Leadership roles – more women in leadership positions, from business to politicians; more women at the helm in media and film making; more female protagonists in the stories we tell in film and books etc.
  • Equal pay- Women currently earn 84% of what men do.

These are just some of the things feminist do.

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