Apart from all the other social issues society faces at the present, one recurring dilemma is gender equality. From the time societies were industrialized, men and women were not given the same chances to progress in life, hence giving birth to what we call inequality.

The ways of these traditional societies have rubbed off on the generations after, but certain intellectuals like Mary Wollstonecraft (b. 1759) and Simone de Beauvoir (b.1908) found certain drawbacks in these methods. Hence, they gave out messages through their works, underlining the minus points women gained from societies’ treatment towards them, making them some of the first feminists.

As the notion grew popular amongst women, the awareness of the inequalities faced grew from generation to generation. However, men seemed to find this ideology intimidating and problematic for them. This thinking is still present today as not everyone knows the proper definition of feminism, and anti-feminists believe that the fight for equality may break apart the functionality of society.

As said by renowned actress and activist Emma Watson, "Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It's about freedom, it's about liberation, it's about equality." We as humans must treat each and everyone the same, and not look down upon one another.

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