I hate that in today’s society the word Feminism often gets confused with man-hating. It isn’t that I hate men, it is that I want to be treated equally to them. The definition of feminism is: “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” I feel like if I didn’t support those things, I would be a masochist, and I love myself very much, so the label feminist sticks.
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10 Reasons I am a feminist
- Women deserve equal pay for equal work. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, “In 2015, female full-time, year-round workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent.” For more information on this, check out my past post on the wage gap.
- Women make up half the population and should be equally represented in leadership positions and our government. In the United States House of Representatives, women hold just 83 (19.1%) of the seats, and in the Senate women hold just 21 (21%) of the 100 seats. Also, in the workplace women make up only 7% of CEOs at Fortune 1000 companies.
- We need to end rape culture. 18.3% of women in the U.S. have survived rape or attempted rape.
- We need to stop violence against women. One in four women in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence.
- We still have to fight to have control over what happens to our own bodies. According to Amber Phillips at the Washington Post, “There are 31 states that have at least one of the following five regulations: requiring waiting periods, restricting health insurance coverage for abortions, banning abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization, requiring abortion clinics to meet ambulatory surgical center standards and requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals.” New legislation restricting abortions continues to be passed, by June of last year anti-abortion advocates passed 30 laws in 14 states making it more difficult to get abortions. This year, Trump has taken on trying to defund Planned Parenthood, for more information on this check out this post.
- Female genital mutilation (FGM) still occurs in the world. According to UNICEF, “More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated.”
- Women in the United States, pay on average 69% more for out-of-pocket healthcare costs than men.
- Women now make up half of the work force, but still do not have an equal division of labor at home. For more information on this, check out my past post on working mothers.
- The way the media portrays women and the expectations it sets up of how we should look, act, or dress.
- I am not a masochist.
This list could go on and on. The advocacy for women’s equality in the world is something I am very passionate about. If you want to start reading some great feminist literature check out some of my favorite books.
Why are you a feminist? Let me know in the comment section below.