Issue 6 Magazine Women's History Spread

What It Means to Be a Feminist

The definition of feminism is “Political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” according to Merriam-Webster. In reality, a feminist is any person who believes in equality for the sexes. However, as the feminist movement has grown, we’ve seen a twist on the way feminism is perceived in some people’s minds. It has been skewed to the blood thirsty belief that “men are pigs.” But this is not what feminists stand for. Socially active feminists today are fighting for a society where all people can flourish and succeed in whatever they want, not necessarily for girls to rule the world, but for equal opportunity in all aspects. The idea that all genders should be equal has come up time and time again. At first, women got the right to vote in the 1920s. Since then, feminists around the world have supported equality for all. This support can be shown through political groups, organizations, or simply thoughts. You don’t have to be politically active to be considered a feminist.  Feminism has not and will never be an exclusive all women club. We are fighting for equality, not dominance, and some men fight for women’s rights every day. As the protests have grown worldwide, we’ve seen violence erupt at rallys and more women coming together for the #metoo movement. Raising awareness for gender equality is one way to show support, and the The Page encourages you to do this by educating yourself and those around you about what it actually means to be a feminist.