January 11, 2017 by thewashingteenian
By Marinia Powell, Senior Staff Photographer and Staff Reporter
Throughout history, all the way back to arguably the original feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft, the number one thing standing in the way of female empowerment was men.
They hurled insults and blunt objects at Suffragettes advocating for their right to vote, demanded women leave the factory and go home after World War I and World War II, and now, in many countries including several in the Middle East, deny girls their right to education.
However, it’s worth mentioning the youngest Nobel Prize winner ever, Malala Yousafzai, has mentioned that what she’s accomplished could not be possible without her family, especially her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, who taught school to the girls of Swat Valley even after the Taliban entered their town.
Feminism is not an exclusive club; it’s a movement
and like any movement, we don’t just need one group of people. We need the support of as many people as possible. Male feminism may seem like it’s uncommon. In reality, it’s just as easy to find a man who prefers a woman not be the one to ask him out on a date as it is to find a man who thinks equal pay for equal work is a right.
Maybe you’ve heard of #heforshe before (co-founded by Matt Damon) or heard a speech given by President Obama, but chances are
you’ve seen men begin to stand up for women, whether in small everyday situations or during UN Summits.
To bring it full circle, Mary Wollstonecraft married William Godwin, a journalist possibly drawn to Mary because of her philosophy on women being seen as inferior to men because of their lack of education, but one thing is for sure: he never stood in her way.
As Mary once said, “Make women rational creatures, and free citizens, and they will quickly become good wives; – that is, if men do not neglect the duties of husbands and fathers.”