Les dynamiques féminines : Que deviennent nos féministes ? (en Anglais)

by | Apr 26, 2018 | Sciences humaines et sociales

We can fully recognize the leaps and bounds that have already been made. Women can now do things like vote, and ride astride horses instead of using a sidesaddle, and veto corsets and bustles in favor of sneakers and sweatpants. There’s no denying that advancements have been made. But one thing is also clear: we are not there yet. For 200 years women have been fighting for equal rights. Parity is still not perfect, and from my generation’s perspective (X), the fight is not over yet. Many feminist organizations work tirelessly to reduce gender inequalities, denounce discrimination, and reduce violence against women, all typical “sexist” things from men.
31 million girls across the world did not attend school in 2014. 70% of people living below the poverty line are women and there are only 9.5% women at the head of a government or a state. Interestingly, women do 2/3 of the total number of global working hours and help produce more than half of the food; but earn only 10% of total income, own less than 2% of the land, and receive less than 5% of banking loans.
And even closer to home, there is this figure: 80% of employees consider women to face sexist attitudes at the office!
I heard my 14 year old daughter say that feminism is finished and that equality is achieved. When I told her that women are paid less than men, she answered me “Don’t worry! That was before!”
So I asked myself, “Is the idea of feminism outdated?” Are all these pro-women groups, at some point, going to be anti-productive by perpetuating the gap rather than reducing it? To further examine what my daughter—who was raised without sexed toys (Barbies, household kit, etc.) and no pink in her room—said, I interviewed several girls 16 to 20 years with a specific question : “Is gender equality a concern for women nowadays? ” Surprisingly, the majority responded with a no. They we are grateful for our fight but no longer see themselves as different or inferior to men.Their perspective is in large contrast with the women of Generation X. They have clearly identified the dichotomy that exists between our feminist discourse and our “over-involvement in our homes and our family duties at home.”
“It’s fine to say you’re a feminist when you do most household duties and the man still does not know how to change a diaper or store the plates.”

Barbara Meyer