The Feminist Movement
The power of unity
By Meseret Alonso and Marta Areal
March 10th, 2021
Feminism is a social and political movement that formally began at the end of the 18th century. The purpose of the movement is the awareness of women as a group fighting against oppression, domination and exploitation.
Despite the advances that happened since then, there is still a long way to go for men and women to be treated the same.
Even today no country in the world has achieved equal pay for men and women, and in some African territories, women still do not have the right to vote.
However, we don’t have to travel that far to find these differences. In our ordinary lives, there is still a lot of gender inequality. It is known that most men earn more wages than women for the
simple reason of being a female.
The average time of working is higher for women than men. Household tasks are also unevenly distributed. In general, women spend an average of 20 hours a week doing house chores, while men only spend an average of 11 hours.
This inequality is not only seen at work. Most of it is in our society: women are represented as delicate and very feminine girls and men as strong and insensible boys.
Feminism doesn’t put the woman over everyone, it looks for equality for both genders and to achieve that we need to normalize many things. Women shouldn’t leave their houses at night terrified of being kidnapped, and they shouldn’t stop wearing their favourite clothes because of others’ opinions or being called many things because of the way they look. Men don’t have these problems and that’s why we need to stop these things and try to be more equal.