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Feminism and Society

You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a generation when you educate a woman.

Feminist theory aims to understand the roots and mechanisms of gender inequality in education, as well as their societal repercussions. Inspirational Blogs like many other institutions of community, educational systems help us understand how females are distinguished by unequal opportunity and treatment.

One thing to be remembered always is that feminism aims to work towards equality not superiority. It has nothing to do with belittling men, a contrary belief. There isn’t just one sort of feminism rather there are various groups of feminists. The need for feminism is just clear from a thought inside all of us which tells us, the world in which we live, the genders are not treated equally. There is no point in feminism to punch each other for both genders, it’s just a matter of equality. All men need to understand that giving equal rights to women will not deprive them of their equal rights. Equality is never endangering. All women need to have an equal tier in social, economical and educational areas. The reforms on issues such as sexual harassment, maternity leave, equal pay, sexual violence, domestic violence all fall under the label of feminism.

We all are modernized still maximum societal structures are patriarchal.They are constructed in a style of men as dominating force. The men constitute maximum political, economic, cultural and family decisions. Everyone needs to understand that true progress is only possible by providing equality to women in all fields. Feminist ideology refers to ideas and strategies how the culture can be and should be changed for betterment. Women have been oppressed with regard to sexuality since the time immortal. Feminism propagates the idea of celebrating the women who are sexually aware and empowered. The world needs to understand that the women are not objects, they are humans.

The women are every time treated differently in their workspace. Unequal salary and designation is an old idea of women oppression. We have the Equal Pay Act of 1963 still the equality doesn’t persist.

The top aim of Feminism is to create non-discrimination in terms of race, gender, language, religion, sexual orientation, politics, identity, wealth status and much more. There is a long list of Feminists known for their contribution. One of the best role play has been by Maya Angelou, through public speaking and powerful writing. She has inspired innumerable women to overcome gender and race discrimination. The world owes her for her books, autobiographies and honorary degrees.

Oprah Winfrey is another name in my list, she started her own television show when she received unequal pay in her broadcasting career. She has now built her empire to help women grow, develop and thrive.

Michelle Obama is another Big name for her initiative “Let Girls learn” which empowers girls across the globe to gain better access to education. Not only the world and women are getting empowered by these Legends but many feminist movies in the present day scenario are also leading an exemplary hit in the minds of the society and are empowering the common people.

Talking about the Bollywood, some excellent list of feminist movies includes Pink with Taapsee Pannu, Kahaani with Vidya Baalan, Mardaani starring Rani Mukherjee, MaryKom with Priyanka Chopra and many more.

Not to be missed is Thappad starring Taapsee Pannu again. All these movies have formed an impact on the society for betterment. When feminism is simplified, everyone understands it better.

There have been different waves of feminism. The right to vote was endowed upon women in the first wave of feminism. The second wave after World War2 brought the women more empowered to challenge the gender roles which were not allowed to be challenged legally and socially. A woman when defines herself according to her own mindset and considers every one equal, she is definitely a feminist. The third wave has indeed been the most powerful one.

A feminist is anyone who understands the full humanity and equality of men and women.

However, while there is clearly some reality in these criticisms, it is still transparent that there is a gender pay gap and glass ceiling so the education system might be designing lots of highly-qualified women, but somewhere they are still losing out to their male peers when it comes to higher incomes and top jobs. They are also still more likely to take time off to carry out the majority of housework tasks, for child-rearing, and work part-time. Feminists point out that the education system mostly normalizes this (alongside other agents of socialization such as the media and the family) and so in fact highly-qualified girls and women often welcome this as normal or inevitable. At the same line of thought, men are socialized to also consider this usual.

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Deeksha Arora
CEO of A billion things to do, A Social Media Agency. A Pharmacognosist by profession, ex-lecturer, author, blogger, LifeCoach and Director of LeDaffodils play-school. Keen on spreading positive vibes by giving thoughtful tips through her quotes, blogs, videos, counselling and webinars.



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