There are many myths about feminism and the fight for true equality.
The new book, Feminism Is… sets out to tell the truth of feminism, examine the issues that fall under the feminism label and tells the stories of some of the women who helped to create the feminist movement.
The book starts with a forward written by Roxane Gay. It then walks the reader through the issues of feminism (such as pay parity and the #Metoo movement). Also included in the book are profiles of women such as Sojourner Truth and Emmeline Pankhurst.
Though this book is meant for young readers, I feel like it appeals to everyone who is interested and/or knowledgeable about the feminist movement. It speaks of the movement in such an open and honest tone that I hope that anyone who reads it at the very least, gains an understanding of what it is to be a feminist.
Recently, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team broke a World Cup record by defeating Thailand 13-0. But they are still being paid less than their counterparts who play on the Men’s team.
I’m the first to admit that I am not a soccer fan. I have, at best, a rudimentary understanding of how the game is played. But I firmly believe that these women deserve not only all of the accolades, but the salary that comes with the accolades.Without a shadow of a doubt, they deserve and have earned the same salary that their male counterparts earn.
Some people (both men and women) believe that feminism, as a movement, is no longer needed. Women are no longer second class citizens. We can vote, own or rent our homes without needing a male cosigner, work in the career of our choice, climb up the educational ladder, etc.
While the argument is partially true, women are still not truly equal. Today is equal pay day.
Today is called equal pay day because a white woman has to work a year and four months for the same annual salary that her white male colleague earns. Men and women of color have equal pay days of their own towards the end of the year, representing how long they have to work for the same salary as their white male colleagues. In a fair world, an employee’s salary should be decided on based on their experience and ability to do their job. The color of their skin and their classification as either male or female should not play a role in deciding what to pay an employee. But we don’t live in fair world, we live in an unfair world.
That is why equal pay day exists and will continue to exist until the issue of pay parity is a thing of the past.