Centuries ago, women were denigrated because of the belief that they were inferior to men and because of this unequal treatment, it was illicit to even think about saying the word feminism.
Today, this term is thought of as strong and powerful. Women are no longer afraid to stand up for their rights and represent what modern feminism truly is— an ongoing movement urging for change and striving for equality of women in society.
Even though people are becoming more aware about inequality, it doesn’t mean that inequality has been solved. Men are still catcalling women, femicide cases (when a man kills a woman because of her gender) are reported monthly and phrases like “runs like a girl,” “choose a career where you can be successful as a woman” and “what did she expect when dressed like that?” are still used in day-to-day conversations.
So why is the word modern being added to the term feminism?
Because not only do people believe in this topic, but big companies and celebrities are finally bringing this issue to the spotlight.
For instance, the makeup company CoverGirl launched a campaign in 2014 called the #GirlsCan movement where they involved big artists like Ellen DeGeneres, Sofía Vergara, Katy Perry and Queen Latifah to promote it in their commercials. Plus, they donated five million dollars to nonprofit organizations that help women achieve their dreams and advance professionally in male dominated fields.
Also, the battle of inequality has changed since its rise in the 1800s.
Now, we are fighting sexual abuse issues that women have been fighting against and suffering from in silence by calling out and shaming their powerful abusers.
We should all be part of this because together we can make a positive change. After all, it is something that can affect you or your loved ones. So, now let me ask you: do you consider yourself a feminist?
Because, at the end of the day, we are all humans. If a man can do it, why can’t a woman?