100 years of feminism

The National Post published two interesting articles last week on feminism, here and here. Both were written by women on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Both raise some valuable points about the benefits and problems engendered by feminism.  Well worth a read. Here’s an excellent quote from the second article:

The result of this revolution has turned feminism on its head. The status of Western women today is still at odds with our aspirations, but in a different way. Instead of being liberated to do what we want, women now are not only free — but expected — to do everything, want it or not. Bring home the bacon, fry it up, drive the kids to soccer, and clean the house. We have become the harried Econowives of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale — or, increasingly, econo single mothers. At the same time, fewer women are having children, some by choice, but more by failure to find a mate, or to mate in time.

Ironically, feminism was originally all about choices, the lynchpin of which was the choice for women with children to work outside the home. Today, however, feminists paint this decision as mandatory, and children as optional. (Source)

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