Feminism, Misogyny, and Misandry
We all know that misogyny is the idea that men are better than women. Many people confuse feminism and misandry, however. Misandry is the idea that women are inherently better than men. Feminism is the action of raising women to be at the same level (A.K.A equal to) as men. The reason this word needs to exist in the first place can be found within the suppression of women throughout history.
The role of women
Within history women have been seen as homebodies, gatherers, caretakers, and teachers. Today, women can be anyone and everyone. Feminism promotes the idea that you can be whoever you want to be, male or female; women don’t have to be the housewife, there to take care of children. So, does that mean that one cannot be a feminist because they want those values for themselves? Of course not! Everyone has the choice.
Famous Feminists and Female Icons
Susan B. Anthony (921 ANT)
An American hero who helped lead Suffragettes towards equal schooling and voting
Elizabeth Cady Statton (921 STA)
An American hero who, along side Susan B. Anthony, helped promote equal rights among the sexes.
Amelia Earhart (921 EAR)
The First Woman to fly across the United States and the first woman to fly across the pacific alone. Sadly, her plane disappeared during an attempt at flying around the world.
Oprah Winfrey (921 WIN)
A modern-day influential feminist who spends time and money on promoting women
Marie Curie (921 CUR)
One of many amazing female scientists, Marie Curie was able to discover the first radio-active element, radium
Rosalind Franklin (921 FRA)
The scientist who first captured a photo of DNA (photo 51), showing it’s double helix structure. Ms. Franklin’s work was stolen by colleagues who published it as their own, winning them a Nobel Prize.
Feminist YA Fiction
In the Library
A Fierce and Subtle Poison Samantha Mabry (F MAB)
A Mad, Wicked Folly Sharon Biggs (F BIG)
A Sense of the Infinite Hilary T. Smith (F SMI)
Feminist Adult Fiction
In the Library
The Color Purple Alice Walker (F WAL)
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath (F PLA)
The Unexpected Everything Morgan Matson (F MAT)