Let me tell you this: feminism is trending and the future looks fem-tastic!
However, looking at the Google recommendations when searching for the term “feminists” gives you:
This is devastating. The question that we clearly must ask is: why is being a feminist still so closely associated with either being a hardcore supporter or being ugly, stupid or annoying? A feminist advocates or supports the rights and equality of women. Empowered women empower women. There is nothing bad about this, isn’t there? Feminism is still seen as a movement of “one-against-the-world”, but it has developed into a community; a movement of women around the world supporting each other to achieve great.
We have come a long way to where we are now: from winning the right to vote in the 1920s to socio-economic equality and the change of the gender norms. Today, 57% of college graduates in OECD Countries are women. More than half of the world’s population are women. However, we can still not talk about gender equality. For example, women are still earning less than men. For every dollar men earn, women only earn 77 Cents.
Emma Watson, Beyoncé, Lena Dunham and other A-List celebrities became the role models of a new era: girls all around the globe speaking up for gender equality. The demand around Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” also shows that modern feminism has arrived on the agenda of women all around the world.
The tables have turned, feminism is now the empowerment of women who understand that our rights are by far not yet exhausted. Yet, this has not yet arrived in everyone’s heads, as our google search results suggests. I am not talking about men only. In fact, the main challenge we face is flipping the switch in women’s heads. Women have to understand that they have to stand up for themselves and to “sit at the table”, like Sheryl Sandberg stated it quite literally in her book “Lean In”.
Let’s team up and empower each other. Let’s free feminism from the negative stigma. It is a fem-tastic time to be a woman. Let’s make feminism a term every woman around the world can use with pride.