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Feminism Equality and Freedom What is feminism The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines feminism as the theory of the political economic and social equality of the sexes and organized activity on behalf of womens rights and interests The definition sounds simple enough Yet the history of feminist movements is far from simple Actually it can be very confusing First there were the three major movements Liberal Socialist and Radical each with its own definition In time smaller movements surfaced and today there are well over thirty branches of feminism There is one consistent theme and it is the fight for rights equal to men Equality simply does not address the larger issues of inherent femaleness and the injustices of the male system we need a broader definition that includes freedom as the ultimate goal of feminism Equal rights and equality are frequently synonymous with the rights of men in society Throughout history men have been seen as wealthy and powerful rulers Women stayed home and raised children and did housework Their contributions were less valued often unrecognized It is no wonder we battled for the same rights Their status in society had to look appealing This male dominated society looked so good that feminist movements fought for the same wealth and power Now women have nearly captured the elusive equality We jumped right in there and became willing participants in this system built by men that is often unjust and prejudiced Their society thrives on competition aggression and a lack of concern for others Their government survives on greed and corruption Women children and minorities rank low in their class structure Women have entered the workforce in full force we can climb the corporate ladder we can vote and we can even fight in meaningless wars Women have to wonder if this was the victory we wanted Unfortunately we seemed to have confused equality with sameness Women have learned to be competitive and
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