Feminism is Key

The Women’s Liberation Movement of 1970 protested against the Miss World contest. Photograph taken by Getty Images

Feminism is a movement directed towards fighting for women’s rights and equality. Both men and women can be supporters of this movement. Forms of feminism are present all throughout the world and have been for hundreds of years. Feminism is even present at Canyon High School. Last year there was a large group of female students that wore light pink to school to peacefully protest against the school dress code and show their support for other girls.  An example of a much larger feminist movement would be that of Roe v. Wade.  Roe v. Wade was a legal case that decided that the restriction of abortion within state borders was unconstitutional.  An extreme amount of controversy has been created around this subject considering it quite literally decides whether or not a woman has the right to do as she pleases with her own body when it comes to pregnancy. Thousands of women all across America have protested against the overturning of this case. It has caused a great amount of conflict between those who support abortion and those who do not. Feminism cannot always be necessarily “peaceful” when people feel that the state of their own bodies is being dictated by the government. Especially considering that the majority of government officials are men.

In today’s time, one of the main ways feminism is brought about is through the media. Social media is a hot spot for feminists to share their thoughts and opinions on matters relating back to the feminist movement. Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok, and other social media platforms supply those interested with hundreds of facts about the movement. Women use it to communicate with other feminists to start protests or petitions, or just to simply share ideas about how to benefit women moving forward. At Canyon, a huge majority of students use social media on a daily basis and are exposed to this sort of women empowering vehicle. Sadly though, the media is not only filled with positive messages towards women and feminism. This is why it’s important for kids to learn how to filter out negative or hurtful information found on the internet to risk letting people’s malicious intentions get to them.

From fighting the right to let women vote in America back in the 1800’s, to bringing more attention to the sexual harassment of women today, feminism is always present in some form. Hopefully one day the issue of sexism will cease to exist. No matter the gender, all humans are born equal and deserve the same rights and respect until proven otherwise. Education on this matter is crucial for young boys and girls everywhere. Until women obtain every ounce of regard as men, feminism will continue. Women are born to be strong and independent and they will not rest until they are considered equals.