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Feminism vs. Women Rights

Feminism is the belief that women are entitled to political, economic, and social equality. Feminism is committed to ensuring women can fully enjoy their rights on an equal footing with men.

In another word, feminism is an application of women's rights. Feminism chooses the women first and then chooses the rights.

Feminism in Contrast with Women Rights

  • Feminism has a direct link with women's rights. Feminism opposes the philosophy of the natural role of women in society. Feminism is against the concept of women occupying the traditional role in a male-dominated society.
  • While feminism wants females to be treated equally, women's rights safeguard their physical and emotional safety and security. Therefore, women's rights need not have a direct link to feminism. Women's rights can still exist in a traditionally male-dominated society.
  • Feminists are biased towards their understanding of society. While women rights seek to protect females from violence inflicted upon them by males, feminism, in its extreme form, considers all males to be potential offenders. This bias has led to the concept of women's rights being merged with feminism and today, it is only the females who can suffer at the hands of males.
  • However, in another poll conducted by the Times, it was seen that more than 58% of women are unable to differentiate between feminism and women's rights. This is where the question of feminism being the answer to women’s demand for equality arises.

What are women's rights fighting for?

  • Women’s Suffrage…
  • Freedom of Movement. ...
  • Sexual and Reproductive Rights
  • Intersectional Feminism
  • Gender Inequality
  • Gender-Based Violence
  • Sexual Violence and Harassment. …
  • Workplace Discrimination.

Freedom of Movement 

  • Freedom of movement is the right to move  freely as we please not just within the country we live in, but also to visit other places, without any restriction.
  • Women’s rights movement, also called women’s liberation movement, a diverse social movement, largely based in the United  States, that in the 1960s and ‘70s sought equal rights and opportunities and greater personal freedom for women. It coincided with and is recognized as part of the ‘’second wave’’ of feminism.


What are the different types of feminism?

  • Kinds of Feminism.
  • Liberal Feminism.
  • Radical Feminism.
  • Marxist and Socialist Feminism.
  • Cultural Feminism. 
  • Eco-Feminism.
  • I-Feminism

The number of women who want to fight for women's rights increased from 40% to 78% between 1970 and 1974. Today the number would be more than 90%

Feminism can protect women's rights if used positively. Feminism provides women with the freedom of choice. Feminism’s success hinges on whether it can provide women’s well-being, security, and happiness.

Protecting women’s rights makes the world a better place.


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