At one time, women were oppressed and treated with inequality and oftentimes cruelty. Our foremothers worked long and hard to overcome many challenges so that we – their successors – could vote, own property, control our own finances, and pursue any career we choose. The social and political climate of early America was much different than it is today, nearly a quarter of the way through the 21st century. I respect and admire how hard women (and men) worked to break the gender stereotypes that repressed women during that time period. Their vision and relentless efforts secured modern women the right to work alongside men and even fight alongside them on the front lines of military combat.
I could not imagine that the dignified Suffragists of the early 20th century who prepared and delivered speeches in front of Congress would approve of today’s feminists who wear hats that resemble female genitalia and shout obscenities in public. That is not feminism; that is just embarrassing.
Although Women’s Marches continue to be organized each year, the push for gender equality has surpassed its goal and turned into a public denouncement of men. That is not equality; that is contempt. Women in modern America are far from oppressed. If anything, females are favored by Affirmative Action and scholarship opportunities for women interested in traditionally male-dominated STEM fields.
How far will modern feminists go? Will they continue protesting in their pink hats until they have earned the right to legally abort full-term babies, receive paid maternity leave plus a raise plus their supervisor’s office when they return to work, and no man ever again dares to pull out a chair or open a door for them? So far, their outrageous efforts have only alienated their conservative sisters and other marginalized groups whose partnerships from which they could have benefited.