The word feminism on the internet has become incredibly taboo. In my view, it has also become a word of much critical discussion and not much action. People love to hate things they don’t understand.
As a tumblr kid surrounded by very liberal people, I guess I naïvely assumed that we were all on the same page about feminism. But when I was still at university and the topic of gender was raised, I became incredibly surprised at the ignorance and lack of knowledge about the term and what the issues actually are.
Feminism to me is about empowerment. And empowerment to me is about raising standards to what we accept. I don’t want being born female rather than male to limit anyone. Women can’t do anything without it being viewed through a gender lens. A female DJ. A female sportsperson. A female president. Why can’t we just do things as people?
But aside from western gender constructs that many of us are trying to break down, I can’t help but to address what I see to be one of the biggest feminist issues. And that’s education, and lack of it for girls around the world in many developing countries. Education creates empowerment. Education breaks the poverty cycle, it shows women what they are capable of, and creates opportunities for women to find their own place in the world that isn’t their husbands misses.
“An educated woman is, for example, likely to marry at a later age and have fewer children. Studies show that an extra year of schooling for girls reduces fertility rates by 5 to 10 per cent. And the children of an educated mother are more likely to survive. In India, for example, the infant mortality rate of babies whose mothers have received primary education is half that of children whose mothers are illiterate.” – UNICEF
I want and will continue to fight for girls in disadvantaged situations to put education as a pioroity over marriage. We are not property, cannot be sold, nor bought, but are people with as much to learn and offer to the world as our male counterparts.
For more information and how to help: https://www.malala.org
$10.00 could do a lot more thank you think.