What is feminism and why is it important?

Rosa Salazar, Copy Editor

The best definition of feminism comes from Wikipedia! It states, “Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies, that share the common goal to define, establish and achieve political, economic, personal, and social equality of sexes. This includes seeking to establish educational and professional opportunities for women that are equal to those for men.” It’s important to mention men, and the definition does with, “equality of sexes.”

Feminism is important because we are part of a society, and the way it’s shaped influences you, the people around you and more importantly, it shapes the future. You fall into one of three genders: male, female or other. You are then influenced subconsciously by movies, tv shows, music, history, and your culture and their depiction toward gender. Many forms of entertainment are a reflection of society.

So then, how can we move forward as a better functioning society if we treat half of our own species differently?

Many people argue that men and women can’t be seen as equals because they are biologically different.

In Natalie Wolchover’s article titled, “Men vs. Women: Our Key Physical Differences Explained,” she stated men and women’s bodies are specifically designed for their role in primitive society.

Wolchover explains women are made for having children so they must have wider hips and carry extra fat.

On the contrary, men take advantage to be as strong and agile as possible.

The point is, you need the opposite gender from a reproductive standpoint, and being different does not make your gender superior in any way shape or form.

Another example of why people disagree with feminism is because they think women already have the same rights as men.

Women have been fighting for their rights since the mid-1800s! Before Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, women did not have the right to vote. During this time, women educated the public to validate women suffrage. This movement led women to petition to Congress for their right to vote.

In 1920, Congress passed the 19th amendment to finally let women vote.

According to the U.S. Constitution, women are not guaranteed the same rights as men.

In Tabby Biddle’s “Wait, Women Don’t Have Equal Rights in the United States?,” she stated, “Since 1923, activists have been trying to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which states, ‘Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.’” So, women do not have the same rights as men.

So what rights do men have that women don’t? Political representation, the wage gap, not paying for the pink tax, are some examples. Now, what rights do women have that men don’t? This topic is sometimes overshadowed. Women have the right to genital integrity and women have the right to vote without drafting for the military.

Both genders have a few rights that prevent them from being seen as equal. We need to address these topics in depth and change our way of thinking in order to achieve fairness in our society.