Gender Equality = Feminism

no, feminism doesn't mean women want to take over the world

What is gender equality? What is Feminism?

Gender Equality and Feminism are almost identical in their definitions. Gender Equality refers to the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men and boys and girls (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment Of Women), while Feminism is defined as the support that both genders will be equal in pay, opportunities and respect ("You Don't Hate Feminsim. You Just Don't Understand It"). These definitions are bound to surprise some, as most people assume Feminism refers to the support of women taking over the world. And that's hardly the truth.

Why can't society accept gender equality and feminism?

The answer to that is simple, yet perplexing. Although there are many reasons as to why society cannot accept gender equality or feminism, the main reason is because the majority of society has a wrong understanding of what feminism actually is.


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Do you consider yourself a feminist, or not?

The latest poll taken by the Economic/You Gov Organization in early 2015 surveyed 50 men and 50 women on their opinions on feminism and the definition. This is the result of before and after being told to think of a Feminist as defined as "someone who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes". Before knowing the given definition, 25% considered themselves feminists as opposed to 75% declaring they were not feminists. After the surveyed heard the given definition of feminsm, 60% then could describe themselves as feminist, while 40% still could not. Even after clarifying the one thing that misleads the feminist movement, and although the numbers increased and decreased, there's still 40% of 100 people not supporting equality of the sexes.

So what's going on in the life of a feminist?

Explain the wage gap..

the wage gap between female and male salaries is really what upsets feminists. On average, women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns ("Gender Inequality and Women In the Workplace"). If you think those numbers upset you, take a look at these numbers.

Florida is expected to been the first state to close the wage gap- well in 2038.

Wyoming will have all of us waiting 144 years because they expect to close the wage gap in 2159.

As a feminist myself, this makes me furious. Seeing the wage gap narrowing is great, but it's not enough. We've come a long way, but something about the fact that it hasn't even been 100 years since women were allowed to vote sticks with me.

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Projected Year for Closing the Gender Wage Gap by State ("Gender Wage Gap in Eight Charts")