With International Women’s Day recently behind us, it got me thinking about the term feminism and the real meaning (or at least my interpretation…) behind it.
A Feminist is described as: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes. Are you a feminist? Because I certainly am! I guess that explains my drive and determination to be in business with My Mom, and create an empire of health, female empowerment, and show women (and the rest of society) that they CAN own their own businesses! However, in our society, the term “Feminism and Feminist” has been stigmatized. Don’t think so? Well let me ask you this…what’s the first thing that you think of when I say the word FEMINIST? Is it crazy lesbians? Men haters? Angry Women? Am I right? Feminists have been criticized for being too radical, too over the top, and not approachable in their message of gender equality, because at the end of the day that’s their message. Gender Equality.
One of the Feminist movement’s main task is to create a standard of equal pay for equal work . Meaning, a standard that sees Men and Women who perform the same job, earn the same amount of money. Sounds like a reasonable request right? Well in our society, a Woman still earns 77 cents for every dollar a Man does. You’re probably saying… What? No way! How does this happen in the 21st Century? Well it’s true! Far too many jobs women hold fall below the standard that most North Americans would consider decent work. They offer very low wages, and little respect. Women are twice as likely as men to work in occupations with poverty-level wages.
On the other side, when women receive education or training beyond high school, they expand their earnings and their opportunities. A two-year degree means a 38 percent increase in pay on average and a four-year degree, 78 percent. The result is: steadier employment, better lives for their families, and a more secure future. Female empowerment programs such as Because I am a Girl, and Chime for Change are making a difference in our world and helping to close the gap between Male and Female wages.
Even though our society looks grim and full of inequality at times, I have so many women in my life who are setting an example for how we can all work towards a more equitable future! I see strength, passion, and determination inside all of them. They have a tenacity that’s infectious, and a passion for life that’s admirable. I see progress all the time.
Feminism and Women’s Rights have always been issues near and dear to my heart. Women have had to suffer for millennia under men, and now this is OUR time to SHINE!