Feminism is ‘the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.’ Many people assume feminism is about lifting women to a higher position than men - this is not the case. One of the most important aspects of feminism is the equality of the sexes, rather than misandry (hating men). Because of this, some people shy away from identifying as a feminist, instead saying they simply believe in ‘equal rights’ of the sexes, not realising that they are in fact one and the same thing.
Fighting for feminist causes is massively important, because of things like the gender pay gap (in 2016 there was a difference of 9.4%). This is a major that needs to be addressed. The sexes can't and won't be equal until they are paid the same for doing the same jobs.
Often people associate the idea of feminism with radical feminists, ignoring the importance of what feminists have achieved over the years, and also ignoring the true meaning of the word. This is especially true in young boys who are embarrassed to identify as feminists because of the stigma attached. Because of this, it is incredibly important to educate people on the true meaning of feminism and to ensure they understand what it means to be a feminist.
Feminism is essential for equality. Its true meaning: ‘the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes,’ shows ultimately, it is about equality and not about misandry as many people have been led to believe.