Feminism is defined as the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. It is the destroying of gender stereotypes, the advocating for necessary human rights, and the supporting of all women. Throughout history, people in the United States and all over the globe have fought for reforms on issues such as reproductive rights, sexual harassment, equal pay, women’s suffrage, and countless other obstacles preventing women from gaining the same opportunities and amount of respect as men do. Evolving daily, modern feminism is diverse, inclusive, and an active part of many students’ lives.
The feminist movement is unstoppable, strengthened by the millions of people who support and dedicate themselves to the cause, reaching the doors of our school. Co-founder of the Intersectional Feminist’s Club, Sonali Wagh, says, “the feminist movement helps empower girls at RHS.” Examples of this empowerment can be found all over the school; feminism encourages girls to speak up in class, volunteer for leadership positions, and take risks. Feminism provides women of all ages with the necessary confidence to succeed.
While there has been significant progress made in the last century for women’s rights, there are still incredible leaps that must be taken in order to achieve true equality. Many amazing women throughout history have dedicated their lives to the feminist movement, but contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be an activist to make a difference. There are many different ways students at RHS can get involved. They can join clubs such as the Intersectional Feminist’s Club, Gender Equality Club, or RHS Democrats Club; they can raise awareness in their communities and on social media, or even just take the time to educate themselves and their peers about the movement. Girl power is alive and kicking at RHS, and we can all work together to ensure a better and brighter future for females, males, and those who don’t identify.
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