Caroline Carter, Staff Writer

People should be proud to call themselves feminists. The term is generally defined as the belief of equality among the sexes, but feminism is an umbrella for every equality movement. This ideal has evolved to meaning equality for all, despite race, religion, ethnicity, political party, sexuality, and gender. Many fear feminism because of the negative connotations that come along with it, but the same people have yet to see the true meaning of the movement.

Many have a tendency to confuse feminism with misandry. Misandry is the direct opposite of misogyny; this is the hatred for/prejudice against men. Both misogynists and misandrists have a narrow minded way of thinking, while feminism is a fair equilibrium. Feminists stand for equal rights among everyone; this includes members of Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ Community, Me Too, etc. Some are under the impression that feminists are the same as radical misandrist. While some radicals are still out there, they are not the same as feminists.

Women have actively fought for equality since 1848, which marks the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement in America. In Seneca Falls, New York, 300 women came together to promote equal rights for women, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote the Declaration of Sentiments, a list of grievances based on the Declaration of Independence. On August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment was finally established, and women have had the right to vote since. This was one of the first impactful acts of feminism, and its meaning has evolved over time. Think of it as an umbrella term. Feminists believe in equality among all people; it’s not just a matter of gender. For example, the wage gap in America differs not only by gender, but race as well. Overall, women make approximately 80% of how much men make, and this percentage decreases as it is broken down further into categories of race.

The biggest goal of feminism is to break the prejudiced constructs that many are conditioned to believe. Unfortunately, many cannot see past certain characteristics, such as race, gender, religion and/or sexuality, thus making a difficult goal to achieve. Feminists believe in ripping the labels off and simply being people. Solely because one’s lifestyle differs from your own, doesn’t mean that one doesn’t deserve equal rights. Feminism is not something to be feared, it is something to be welcomed.

Works Cited

Miller, Kevin. “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap.” aauw.org
“The Woman Suffrage Movement.” National Women’s History Museum