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Nine reasons why you should call yourself a feminist

“A world full of empowered women isn’t one where men are marginalized. It’s a world where everyone thrives.” 

Purnima Mane, President of Pathfinder International

‘Feminism,’ not a new word, right? Instead, we hear the word Feminism now and then as it has become a part of our everyday conversation. As it comes up, then we have both men and women either loving it or hating it. It divides the world for some inexplicable reason. You also hear plenty of Queen Bees in the media that claim that “women don’t need empowerment.” Read this and tell me if you still think that is the case.

What is Feminism?

Feminism implies understanding gender roles and the abolishment of stereotypes regarding gender roles and, above all, women empowerment. However, in the present times, women have become much more steadfast and have stood tall and strong to protect their birthright from feeling safe and be treated with justice. 

Here are some reasons that highlight the importance of Feminism in today’s world. 

1. Only 2% of venture funding going to women

Female entrepreneurs secure just 2% of venture funding despite founding 38% of all United States businesses. Research from Dana Kanze, Ph.D., an assistant professor of organizational behavior at the London School of Business, shows that when it comes to securing funding, venture capitalists tend to promote male founders and female founders had to defend themselves from persistent attacks when fundraising. Check out her TED talk for an eye-opening speech about discrimination in fundraising. 

2. Unpaid work in the home

Recent surveys show “women spend about four hours a day on unpaid work, compared with about 2.5 hours for men according to data from the organization for Economic Cooperation and Development” (Donner, 2020). 

3. Sexist language: A threat to mental health

Sexist comments have made life strenuous for women. Research shows, “The average UK woman worries about her body image every 15 minutes (because they have been bombarded with sexist and fat-shaming propaganda in advertising) and stereotypes as Darker skinned women should get a paler complexion” (Locke, 2021). 

4. Feminism: A movement for social security

Women have been a constant subject of communal violence, and this needs to end as soon as possible; research shows, “In the UK, 54% of female murder victims were killed by their partner, ex-partner or lover” (Locke, 2021). 

5. Women’s role in Art 

Study shows female artists received 47.6% less pay than male artists. As highlighted by Standard Chartered Bank, there is an unfortunate Art Gap.

6. Feminism: exposure to women in work

Research shows, “Globally, over 2.7 billion women are legally restricted from having the same choice of jobs as men. Of 189 economies assessed in 2018, 104 economies still have laws preventing women from working in specific jobs” (Facts and Figures: Economic Empowerment). Feminism is the root source to empower women and change the minds of the coming generations. However, this can only be possible through combined efforts of letting women explore their fields of interest. 

7. Save the lives of children.

Research by Human right watches states, “Early marriage remains a serious problem, with 21 percent of girls in Pakistan marrying before the age of 18, and 3 percent marrying before age 15” (Pakistan Events of 2018, 2019). We have to protect child marriages and the normalization of child brides; it is a danger to their lives. Girls who become pregnant under the age of 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women who give birth in their 20s. 

8. Physical violence

Feminism movements have highlighted continuously the brutalities women have faced in the past and the injustices they are facing presently, as “Globally, 35 per cent of women have ever experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, or sexual violence by a non-partner” (Facts and figures: Ending violence against women). Moreover, Feminism highlights the difficulties women face in their households “137 women are killed by a member of their family every day” (Facts and figures: Ending violence against women).

9. Feminism: A call for peace and unity:

Recent research shows that “15 million adolescent girls worldwide, aged 15–19 years, have experienced forced sex ,as well as One in 10 women in the European Union report having experienced cyber-harassment since the age of 15” (Facts and figures: Ending violence against women), Such events need to be reduced from less to none to achieve women empowerment and peaceful society. 

So,  I ask you again, do you believe in Feminism as a cause, and do you believe you are a feminist?

Work Cited

Donner, F., 2020. The Household Work Men and Women Do, And Why. [online] The New York Times. Available at: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/12/us/the-household-work-men-and-women-do-and-why.html> [Accessed 16 January 2021].

Locke, R., 2021. This Is Why We Need Feminism. [online] Lifehack. Available at: <https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/this-why-need-feminism.html> [Accessed 16 January 2021].

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Wallace, K., 2017. Society’s Gap Between Men and Women Still Wide. [online] CNN Health. Available at: <https://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/05/health/gender-gap-differences-men-women-survey/index.html> [Accessed 16 January 2021].

Jarrod, M., 2015. Everyone Benefits from More Women in Power. [online] Our World. Available at: <https://ourworld.unu.edu/en/everyone-benefits-from-more-women-in-power> [Accessed 16 January 2021].

Reintke, T., 2016. Violence Against Women Online: “Freedom of Speech Ends Where Threats Abound.” [online] European Parliament. Available at: <https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/society/20160425STO24559/violence-against-women-online-freedom-of-speech-ends-where-threats-abound> [Accessed 16 January 2021].

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UN Women. n.d. Facts and Figures: Economic Empowerment. [online] Available at: <https://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/economic-empowerment/facts-and-figures> [Accessed 16 January 2021].

Cep, C., 2019. The Imperfect, Unfinished Work of Women’s Suffrage. [online] The New Yorker. Available at: <https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/07/08/the-imperfect-unfinished-work-of-womens-suffrage> [Accessed 17 January 2021].

UN Women. n.d. Facts and Figures: Ending Violence Against Women. [online] Available at: <https://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/facts-and-figures> [Accessed 17 January 2021].

Kwun, A., 2018. 16 Women Breaking New Ground In Architecture. [online] Artsy: Discover and buy Art. Available at: <https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-16-women-breaking-new-ground-architecture> [Accessed 17 January 2021].

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