Today, Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers argues in the Atlantic that more people should embrace the term feminism in her article, How to Get More Women (and Men) to Call Themselves Feminists. She argues that we all need feminism:
When asked “Are you a feminist?” most Americans say no. A recent Huffington Post/YouGov poll is typical: Only 23 percent of women and 16 percent of men identified as “feminist.” Accomplished women as diverse as Taylor Swift, Sandra Day O’Connor, Marissa Mayer, and Beyoncé object to the designation.
The emancipation of women is one of the glories of Western civilization and one of the great chapters in the history of freedom. Why is the term that describes that heritage in such disrepute?
Some will say the movement is receding because it has achieved its essential goals. So why not let it fade from the scene? That is an understandable but mistaken conclusion. Though the major battles for equality and opportunity in the United States have been fought and largely won, the work of feminism remains unfinished. Across the globe, fledgling women’s groups struggle to survive in the face of genuine and often violent oppression. In the West, popular culture contains strong elements of misogyny. Women, far more than men, struggle with the challenge of combining work and family. Despite women’s immense progress, poverty rolls are disproportionately filled with women with children.
What do you think? Should college women today embrace the term feminism? If this sparks your interest, attend the NeW National Conference this Thursday and Friday to continue the conversation. Dr. Sommers will be delivering the keynote address on Friday and attendees will have time to ask her questions then.