Modern feminism has become a flexible term that broadly defines many stances on
gender equality and gender roles in society.
By its true definition, feminism is the belief that men and women should have equal
rights and opportunities.
The movement has picked up momentum again in recent years with the support of
prominent celebrities and public figures. Emma Watson, actress and a goodwill ambassador of
UN Women, a United Nations organization, has been a clear voice in the fight for gender
She represents the HeForShe campaign started by UN Women. HeForShe is a solidarity
movement that provides a platform for gender equality to be discussed. They believe that men
and women should have the same rights and advocate the countless benefits that gender equality
will bring to the world.
Although most people would agree that gender equality is an important issue, feminism
has become a hated word because it has become synonymous with man-hating. This idea has
soured men and women on the movement and has made it hard to see that all feminists, men and
women, are fighting for the same cause.
Even some who do not choose to identify as feminists still say they want gender equality.
Recent interviews with several students at Muskegon Community College reveal that
some students believe there are gender roles and lines that should not be crossed. (See sidebar
Men sometimes fear negative responses by their peers when they identify as feminist. Or
some simply do not have an opinion on the matter. The HeForShe campaign seeks to change that
stance and promote the concept that both men and women are needed in the movement for
On the other hand, some women believe they do not need feminism and that feminism
detracts from the fight for gender equality.
Women Against Feminism allows women to voice their objections. Some of the reasons
include: not wanting to play the victim, needing an advantage over men, or not wanting to
While the women of Women Against Feminism are saying they do not need feminism,
many of the reasons they do not believe in feminism still support the movement for gender
Women Against Feminism seems to be more of a movement by women against gender
inequality, as they are not willing to be part of a movement that they believe discriminates men.
Gender inequality has a global impact on the development of countries and global
economy. The United Nations has17 sustainable goals for transforming the world for the better,
and the fifth one is achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls.
Gender inequality in developing nations bars many young girls and women from
pursuing a secondary education, which has far-reaching detrimental impacts on their health and
According to UNICEF, Educated girls and women are less vulnerable to HIV infection,
human trafficking and other forms of exploitation and more likely to marry later and have fewer
In many countries around the world, young girls are not educated on sexually transmitted
disease or provided access to birth control. The spread of diseases and bearing children at young
ages is threatening to their health.
A 10 to 20 percent income increase is associated with each additional year of schooling
for women. Worldwide, women do not have equal opportunities for education and work.
The oppression women face is undeniable and only until women are given the same
rights as men can the issues the world faces, like poverty and spread of infectious diseases, be