Beyonce proclaimed that “girls run the world,” but many girls today beg to differ. Feminism has long been a movement working to make equality of the sexes a reality. The first wave of feminism was comprised of suffragettes, and the second of people fighting for equality beyond the voting booth.
Third wave feminism is the modern form of feminism; unlike the feminists of the past, third wave feminists shave, wear bras, and are simply fighting for the equality of the sexes in modern society.
As the generations have passed, women have become more independent; they comprise almost half the workforce and are the breadwinners in about 40 percent of American families.
They receive more college and graduate degrees than men, yet, on average, women continue to earn less than men.
In 2013, the gender wage gap was 22 percent, with women earning 78 cents to every dollar earned by a man.
If change continues at the same pace as it has done for the past fifty years, it will take 44 years—or until 2058—for women to finally reach pay parity, accounting for a total of almost a century until women reach equal pay.
Third wave feminists continuously work to enable upward mobility for minorities and women, allowing them to rise up the social, political, or economic ladder.
Their goal is to break the “glass ceiling,” the unseen block barring women from powerful positions in society. Overcoming this obstacle is one pillar of the third wave feminist movement.
The third wave movement has spread from the developed worlds in which it originated, and is beginning to permeate other parts of the world. Women are hacking away at the barrier, fighting for their rights.
The female identity is different according to each culture and their customs, but many cultures are based on a patriarchal past where men exercise more power than women.
Women worldwide experience subjugation in the form of jobs, education, sexuality, and reproductive choice.
In societies where the economy is failing, women would help the country prosper when allowed to participate in education and hold jobs.
American women have strived to overcome these incongruities. There are, however, media constructions of gender that portray clear stereotypes of men and women. Women are portrayed in the media as sexual objects.
“Gender marketing, sexism in media, being brushed aside, and being woman-like considered weak are all problems we have in society and the world today,” freshman Gabriella de Gracia said.
Recognizing the inequality towards women, mostly thanks to social media, issues concerning equal rights for women have reached today’s youth, including the students of MAST Academy.
“Women have the same intellectual capacity as men and we do not ‘belong’ in the kitchen. Women belong in the House…and the Senate,” senior Natalia Gonzalez said.
International Women’s Day was March 8, and social media was filled with pro-women comments and pictures, reflections on accomplishments and talks about the future.
The third wave of feminism is focused on making our progressive society entirely equal. Women and men in support of the movement hope to bring equality to both genders as soon as possible.