The media has been on a Feminist frenzy lately, and a slew of backlash can be cited from every possible angle. I too have been writing and thinking about it. In fact, I have rewritten this piece so many times that I have somewhat missed the mark; anything I write now could be considered retread on “old news”. This delay was caused by my desire to cover this topic with elegance and surety. But at some point in the last couple of days I realized that there isn’t a perfect way to talk about Feminism in such a short article, or perhaps at all. Feminism in 21st century happens to be a multi-faceted social movement that constantly changes.
Due to this amorphousness, many misconceptions, misnomers, and fallacious comments are consistently made about Feminism. Instead of trying to verbally spar with any of it, I will provide a short list of facts that hopefully persuades you to rethink your position (whatever it may be).
11 facts on gender equality:
- The 113th session of U.S. congress is 80 percent male.
- The British Parliament is also 80 percent male.
- In the first three months of 2013, 694 bills were introduced by state legislatures in the US to regulate pregnancy in one form or another.
- The 19th amendment to the U.S Constitution was ratified less than 100 years ago.
- In 2010, the median FTYR salary in the U.S for men was $42,800 and $34,700 for women.
- Also, “In the majority of countries, women earn between 70-90 per cent of men's wages, with even lower ratios observed in some Latin American countries.”
- “Women account for 70 percent of the population living in absolute poverty (on less than $1.00 a day).”
- There are no women in the 2014 Tour de France.
- 10 famous films that do not pass the Bechdel Test.
- In 2014, “Our columnists are still overwhelmingly old white men. There are four times as many male columnists as female columnists at the three biggest newspapers and four newspaper syndicates. (The Washington Post has 25 men to 7 women, and [sic] The New York Times has 10 men to 2 women.) The median columnist age is 60, while the median age for the American population is only 37.”
- It is illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia.
This is where I end the list, because it saddens me to know how much longer it could really be. Instead, I will leave you some anecdotes on Tumblr and my hopes: I hope that all people find peace. I hope that social equality will be wholly unanimous. I hope that one day we reach true democracy that graciously gives agency to those who need it the most. And I hope it happens sooner rather than later.