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Sajeda Ahmad January 16, 2018

Feminism, to me, does not really have a definition. There are many subjects to go under this certain category that there are too many definitions to be associated with the word feminism. Many different points of views and issues have been put into the meaning of feminism, that I came to the thought where I now think feminism does not have a specific definition, especially in regards to women and their equalities. I believe that in today’s world, there has been many dramatic advancements in regards to feminism or equality. The advancements have been shown by comparing our society today, to our society a few decades ago. These advancements have also been shown through a variety of campaigns, speeches, awards, etc. they all come to show how much our society has improved for the equality of women, and what people stand for in their feminist beliefs.

Comparing today’s world to how it was a few decades ago, we have really improved in equality and feminism. During the 1900s, and even way before that, women were seen to be stay at home moms, taking care of children and completing housework. And that was pretty much it. Women were not seen to have successful careers, while most likely taking

care of a family at the same time. This was shown through the text Our Deportment, or the

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wife a helpmate.” Another example would be women’s rights to vote. Women were the last

of the citizens to vote, here in America. We were given rights after many women started standing up for themselves, and proving men, and others wrong, that we could vote, and just because we are women, does not mean that should stop us. Comparing to the passage

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expressed through our institutions.” Which shows that women are not here just to argue, they are here to show that they can try to improve their lives.

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Feminism and equality can be shown through any way possible. For example, in campaigns, speeches, books, and so much more. One way this was shown recently, was through a Golden Globe speech made by Oprah Winfrey, a very successful African American women. She spoke about speaking up for ourselves, as a woman, and basically explained to us that silence is not always the answer, because you can be living in fear of not speaking out for what has gone out through your life. Like many women, have experienced sexual assault, abuse, domestic violence, being sold for prostitution by men, and much more. As stated by Audre Lorde, “There is no such thing as a single issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives.” Which also explains to us that there is more than just one issue going on and around when it comes to feminism, there are multiple issues, but nowadays, women have been able to speak up and portray what they have experienced throughout their lives, and thankfully, woman are now being more appreciated and recognized not only by men, but by many people all around the world.

Yet, some people might still believe that we have not advanced in today’s world with feminism or equality. Terence McKenna has also stated, “Feminism is a tremendously underestimated force, viewed in the present context primarily as a woman’s concern.” Which explains that people underestimate the power of feminism and that women are much more than what they seem to be. This is why some may still think not many dramatic advancements have occurred to help women, and their equality, because they are belittled, mainly by men.

In the end, I still believe that there have been dramatic advancements in today’s world. Mainly because, if you compared how our society is today, and what women are achieving and committing every single day to prove that they’re worth and to prove that they are equal human beings, it is a major difference to how society was thirty, fifty, and even one hundred years ago. Women have came to prove that we should be equally treated and throughout feminism and gaining awareness in anyway possible, has come to show that there has finally been dramatic achievements and advancements in today’s world.