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?
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 https://www.cbs.nl/nl-nl/maatwerk/2009/27/aandeel-vrouwen-in-hogere–management–functies-en-inkomen-van-vrouwen-ten-opzichte-van-mannen-in-de-eu-27
Van Houten, M. (2015, March 3). De nieuwe feministen komen eraan! Retrieved from http://www.trouw.nl/tr/nl/4492/Nederland/article/detail/3879674/2015/03/03/De-nieuwe-feministen-komen-eraan.dhtml
Muiswerk. (n.d.). Feminisme. Retrieved from http://www.muiswerk.nl/mowb/?word=feminisme
Rampton, M. (2015, October 25). Four Waves of Feminism. Retrieved from http://www.pacificu.edu/about-us/news-events/four-waves-feminism