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Let’s Talk About The“F” Word

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1. The doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.

2. (sometimes initial capital letter) an organized movement for the attainment of such rights for women.

Wait, did we read that correctly? Where’s the part about the angry, man-hating, bra-burners? Maybe – and stay with me here - maybe, feminism isn’t about men. Maybe, it’s about equal opportunity, and affording a woman every chance for success that a man is given. Don’t think there’s a need for feminism? Let’s look at some facts.

  • Women around the world aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria.
  • One in five women on U.S. college campuses have experienced sexual assault.
  • Women currently hold 24, or 4.8 percent of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies.
  • Women with full-time jobs still earn only about 77 percent of their male counterparts’ earnings.
  • There are approximately 781 million illiterate adults worldwide – two-thirds of whom are women. 

Feminism is often misunderstood and perceived as something radical and left-wing. While there will always be those who do operate in extremes, true advocates for women’s rights want nothing but equality, understanding and acceptance among all parties.

Do you believe that women should have the same social, political and civil rights as men? Good. You’re a feminist. (Notice how I didn’t ask you what political party you belong to or whether you’re a man or a woman?) True feminism isn’t partisan, it isn’t racist or sexist or discriminating. Feminism is about inclusion and intersectionality. It has been used throughout history to shed light on issues and inequalities between the sexes as well as between races.

Feminism has many faces. We’ll be shining a light on those faces using our different media accounts and the hashtag #faceoffeminism, so stay tuned!

Don’t let the “f” word scare you away! It means you see a person as a human being before you see them as a man or a woman.

It means you’re paying attention; it means you care.

Thank you for caring.

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"Fact Sheet: Fighting for Equal Pay and the Paycheck Fairness Act."National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2017.

Krebs, Christopher P., Christine H. Lindquist, Tara D. Warner, Bonnie S. Fisher, and Sandra l. Martin. "The Campus Sexual Assault (CSA) Study: Performance Period: January 2005 through December 2007."Psycextra Dataset(n.d.): n. Pag. Web. .

"United Nations Secretary-General's Campaign to Unite to End Violence Against Women." United Nations. United Nations, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. .

"Women CEOs of the S&P 500." Catalyst. N.p., 19 Jan. 2017. Web. 02 Feb. 2017. .