Mega trend: Feminism, are we almost there?

Would you quit your job after your pregnancy? Do you want to go clean the house, take care of your children and make sure there is diner on the table when your husband comes home? Would you hand him his beer when he is watching the football game on television while you are ironing? Or do you maybe prefer: a full education, a fulltime and successful job, share the chores and drink together some beers while you’re both watching the football game?

Feminism is a movement which fight for the equal rights for women (Muiswerk (n.d.)).
Feminism is there for a few centuries now. In 2015, Rampton found that there are four waves of Feminism.
The first wave was in in the late ninetieth and early twentieth century. The main goal was for women to have suffrage, but they wanted also other opportunities like being accepted for the university.
The second wave began in the 1960 and ended in the 90’s. The women wanted to have civil rights. This wave they stood mostly for sexuality and reproductive right. They wanted to be social equal to man. The women wanted to get a job and get paid for the job. They also wanted get an abortion if they want to.
The third wave was in the mid 90’s. According to Rampton the third wave of feminism was informed by post-colonial and post-modern thinking. It is possible to have brains underneath all those make-up and hairspray. The feminist of the third wave are global, multi-cultural and are against discrimination of differences of ethnicity, sexual, class, orientation etc.
The fourth wave that is the wave of today. Rampton says: “Feminism no longer just refers to the struggles of women; it is a clarion call for gender equity”.
In 2015, Van Houten found that young feminists are convinced that there is inequality between men and women and they want to do something about it.

If you take a look at the numbers of the section of women in higher (management) functions and income of women compared to men in the EU, you see that women still don’t get paid the same as men. In 2009, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek found that the percentage of the income of women compered to men is not equal.  If we look at the numbers of the Netherlands: In the higher manegement functions, it’s 26%. In the higher technical and scientific functions it’s 50%. The numbers don’t lie.  So after all these years of feminism, men and women are still not entirely equal. It’s a slow process, but I think we’re almost there in the Netherlands.

Feminism is changing the norms and values of the people all over the world and that’s one of the main reasons why feminism is a mega trend. Because feminism is a mega trend, it is on the bottom of the trend-pyramid.  Feminism already had its peak in the West. There is still the glass-ceiling and the underpayment for women, but you that the women and man are more equal generation by generation. If you take a look of the curve o the trend feminism (of the Western countries), we’re probably are on the point where it is already going downhill. Of course this is not everywhere in the world. Unfortunately, at some places they’re still on the beginning of the curve.
Do you think that maybe someday women and men become equal all over the world? Or do you think it’s never going to happen?

Lara Uittenhout



Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek. (2009, July 01). Aandeel vrouwen in hogere (management)functies en inkomen van vrouwen ten opzichte van mannen in de EU-27. Retrieved from–management–functies-en-inkomen-van-vrouwen-ten-opzichte-van-mannen-in-de-eu-27

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3 thoughts on “Mega trend: Feminism, are we almost there?

  1. I like the subject of your article. I think it’s better when you make more columns, with more with space it’s finer to read. But for people who didn’t like articles it’s good to read.

    The problem what you discuss is a big problem in the world. Because much of people need Equality, but secretly sometimes they forget it applying in their daily life. For example why are there still such much of woman who worry of the children. If men are really are want a feministic world, than is this also their task.

    That’s is also the reason why I think men and women become never equal. Because a habit from the past, is difficult to break. Everybody say they want an equal world, but if they really want than is it time for action! If everybody in the world come in action for a feministic world, than I be sure that it’s possible. There is at this time already much changed. So is it in the Netherlands normal when a woman does a study. But unfortunately in many countries this is not yet normal. In these countries the woman’s are there for worry about the children and the food and water.

    What’s your opinion about it? Do you think something change in the future for the house woman?
    Jacky Tegelaar 1663539


  2. Hi Lara,

    I love the subject of the article. I think the article is really relevant. When doing my Minor we had a class called ‘diversity issues for professional communicators and we talked about this subject. When talking about it a lot of us almost the entire class said to be a feminist. However some didn’t because they said they found the word to have a negative vibe. They associate feminism with big fat gay woman (nothing against gay woman) who have a hatred for men. This is seems to be the problem, because that is not feminism. Feminism is like you said equal right for men and woman and I think the only way to truly achieve this is by making feminism something positive again and daring people to say that they are indeed feminists and stand for equal right. I think by opening our mouths when seeing inequality we can get closer to equality.

    However what is really the question is, like you said, is it ever going to happen. Will there be a time when woman have equal right to men. I think equal right will be really hard to achieve because inequality is part of society, the way we live. Yes we can give woman the same loans as men and woman can hold management positions and I think this is honestly something that can be achieved however it is other small things as well.

    Denmark is a country all about equality I experienced whilst living there. Guys will never buy you a drink because it is downgrading according to them. Woman can pay for there own drinks just as well as men. With a group of friends (all woman) we set the task one evening to get a guy to buy us a drink, we didn’t succeed. We were disappointed by this, in the Netherlands for example it is really easy to get a guy to buy you a drink. The fact that we were disappointed makes me wonder if we are ready for equality. Do we want to be equal or do we like to be unequal sometimes? Norms (even of feminists like me) have to be changed if we really want equality, because lets be honest, don’t we all think it is weird when a guy doesn’t offer to pay the bill on a first date?

    Merle Veurman 1636541


  3. Great article Lara! I think your article depicts a really important topic that is nowadays very relevant. In my opinion everybody should have the same rights. I have had several experiences with people who were really discriminative so your article really woke up some bad memories. Therefore, I agree with a lot of your arguments in your article. But there are some topics that I can not fully agree on and where I think you research is a bit selective. For example, you are making the following statement:

    If you take a look at the numbers of the section of women in higher (management) functions and income of women compared to men in the EU, you see that women still don’t get paid the same as men. In 2009, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek found that the percentage of the income of women compared to men is not equal. If we look at the numbers of the Netherlands: In the higher management functions, it’s 26%. In the higher technical and scientific functions it’s 50%. The numbers don’t lie.

    Sure, numbers don’t lie. But you don’t give them the chance to argue either. There is been a lot of research on why women earn less than men. For example, the CGB (Commisie Gelijke Behandeling) states that women in general aren’t less succesvol in negotiating as men (CGB, 2012). I think you can’t blame a man for being a good negotiator and therefore walks out of a job-interview with a good salary. This research also shows that 82 percent of women between 23 and 45 years old have children and therefore work less.

    I agree, there are a lot of countries where women still not have the same rights as men. And I hope that someday everybody could be treated equally. But, in my opinion we should also accept that men and women are different by nature and we should make a distinction between being treated equally and being equally.

    CGB. (2011). Gelijke beloning van mannen en vrouwen bij de algemene ziekenhuizen in Nederland. Retrieved 2016-09-14, from


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