Updated: Mar 13, 2019
By: Antonella Cueva
PTS Falconer Staff
November 26, 2018
There seems to be a common misconception that feminism refers to a group of people that believe women are superior to men. According to the dictionary, a feminist supports “advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.” Although some people believe that we as a society have already achieved equality between men and women, the reality is that we have not. Socially, politically, economically, and legally, women are far from being equal to men. Women are still meant to follow outdated roles imposed upon them. Women’s voices are often suppressed or underrepresented.
Feminism seeks to eradicate the inequality seen in our present-day lives. Therefore, if you believe in equity and equality among men and women, you too can be a feminist regardless of gender. Women constantly battle inequality through many ways in modern day society. For example, the gender wage gap continues to affect women around the world; women’s reproductive rights are continually diminished; women still face rampant discrimination and harassment in the workplace. These are just a few of the inequalities women face each day. This is not to say that men do not face hardships; feminism recognizes that but if we create a community in which sex or gender does not create discrepancies among people, that would be a better community for everyone.
With campaigns like “HeForShe,” there is an open invitation for men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women in order to create a great and unified force for gender equality in the form of feminism.
A feminist is not limited by looks and they are found in our very own Palmer Trinity community. These are examples of some of the feminists in our school constantly striving for equality and equity among all genders.