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Riddhi Andurkar, Staff Writer
International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women, without looking at their race, religion, nationality, economic or political divisions. Also during this day, feminists show extra support to the causes they firmly believe in.
There are a few misconceptions about the definition of a feminist. I have seen feminism defined as women who strongly dislike males and strive to become more powerful than them.
There are a few things wrong with this definition. First, feminists don’t have to be women. In fact, many men are feminists as well. Second, feminists do not dislike males. Third, they certainly do not strive to become more powerful than men.
Feminists are people who believe that men and women should have equal rights, not that women should be more powerful and hold higher office positions than men.
The “Time’s Up,” movement against sexual harassment, and “#MeToo,” are trends that promote conversation about the somewhat taboo topic, and has served to either prevent or bring justice to sexual harassment incidents. 2018 might be known as the year of the women.
#MeToo has given women a voice, allowing them to speak out on their experiences on sexual harassment.
Twenty years ago, all women were perceived as emotional liars who were unable to control their feelings. If the women of that time had stepped into the spotlight and shared their stories after the incidents, two things would have happened. First, society would have told them to ‘calm down, sweetie’ and take a few deep breaths to quiet down their emotions. Second, the whole world would have thought that this was another lie that women were using to attract attention.
Have we turned a corner in women empowerment? Perhaps.
In recent times, we see that women have become stronger and more confident. They no longer fall victim to the bribes of influential men in their field. In fact, the women themselves have become powerful and influential.
A positive change because of which society has started to listen to the stories of these women. This newly found confidence in women has brought them far. It has allowed their voices to be heard.
It took us over 50 years to understand and believe the incidents some of these women had to face. That is progress, but now we must probe deeper into the problem and investigate the cause to eliminate the problem forever.
Celebrating International Women’s Day is a step in the right direction.