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10 Things to Thank Feminists for (and 10 Things We Still Need to Work on)

By joslyngray |

Bringing a trumpet to a protest totally makes it a party!

Oh, those wacky feminists. Always burning their bras and eating granola and asking for equality ‘n’ stuff.  Like, you know, the right to vote, control your own money, and leave a man who beats the crap out of you. Crazy stuff like that.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we bring you 10 things we can truly thank feminists for, and 10 more things we still need to work on.

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22 thoughts on “10 Things to Thank Feminists for (and 10 Things We Still Need to Work on)

  1. bunnytwenty says:

    *cough* and-don’t-forget-protecting-our-right-to-choose-whether-to-become-mothers-or-not-which-is-currently-under-attack *cough*
    Anyway, these are all good reasons why EVERY woman should call herself a feminist. This is what it’s all about, not some sexist pig’s bizarre imaginings of man-hatred or hairy legs, and we have a long way to go.

  2. goddess says:

    I REALLY think you ought to have placed a 0picture of Rick Santorum and Rush Limbaugh in there. Our access to reproductive health care (and more) is being attacked by these freaks.

  3. Manjari says:

    Let’s work on keeping republicans out of office.

  4. Robroy says:

    Thanks for publicizing these in your fun and wacky style. I just don’t get why so many women, especially youngers, are reluctant to call themselves feminists. And if we won’t, who will? I just don’t foresee your average guy waking up one day and saying, “Hey, seems like we ought to consider positive opportunities for and treatment of women around the world.”

  5. CW says:

    You list the cost of childcare but not a year’s paid parental leave like many other developed nations have? I’m sorry, but it is a MUCH higher priority to do something about the latter. Babies shouldn’t be in daycare but rather home with a parent for their first year. I was lucky that we were able to afford me taking a 9 month unpaid maternity leave with my 1st child, and to be a SAHM with my 2nd and 3rd. But with the high cost of living these days, many women are forced to return to full-time employment a mere 6-12 weeks after giving birth. Paid maternity leave is something that everyone should be able to agree upon, unlike the “hot button” issues involving sexual morality.

  6. bettywu says:

    It’s sad how many of the first 10..people like Michelle Dugger are trying to pretend didn’t happen and think never should have.

  7. Anonimom says:

    I always thought that the point of feminism was to give women choices. Feminists sound like hypocrites when they attack women who simply choose differently than so called progressive women. If I choose to be a SAHM with 15 kids wearing a prairie dress and delivering my husband’s slippers and martini when he walks in the door, shouldn’t feminists respect that choice as well? But they don’t.

  8. G says:

    The new healthcare law takes away religious freedom. If you want to have free contraception through your work, don’t work for a Catholic hospital. How is it women’s right to demand people violate their consciences to provide them with something they can get for free at planned parenthood?

  9. Manjari says:

    G, you don’t even understand the basics of the situation. No one is saying they want free birth control at work. When you have medical insurance (which you do pay part of), you want it to cover your medicine. You still have to pay a copay. But for an insurance company to not cover it at all isn’t right. Why is no one freaking out about men wanting “free” viagra? None of it is free. Not everyone lives near a planned parenthood, and if people like you had your way, there wouldn’t be any planned parenthood anyway. Your religious freedom isn’t taken away when someone else takes birth control, whether it’s to prevent pregnancy or to treat a painful medical condition. You sound like a crazy idiot.

  10. Maria says:

    @ G, A huge issue with this is that for some women, including me, birth control pills aren’t about preventing pregnancy, they are about treating medical issues. I’ve been on the pill since I was 14 because without it I was missing two days of school every four weeks. My options were either migraines, cramping so bad you could feel my muscles contract if you put a hand on my stomach, nausea, etc OR being so drugged up on pain killers I couldn’t think. I’d also have likely had to have an ovary or both removed by this point as well, given family history.
    A perfectly reasonable compromise was offered allowing women who work for religious institutions to contract independently with their insurance company to add birth control coverage, removing the institution from the equation. At this point, it’s not about the institutions’ religious freedom; it’s about them wanting to make it difficult for women to access birth control. I wish the Catholic Church would spend 1/10th the time they spend focusing on my uterus on other issues. The Church also rejects capital punishment, but you don’t hear them attacking those who support that particular sin.

  11. Shoshana says:

    Let’s work on: Control over our uteruses. It gets harder and harder for women to get abortions year by year. Before anyone starts whining about how sluts ought to take responsibility for their actions (translation: women should be punished for having sex by being forced to carry and raise children they aren’t ready for) you should know that half of unplanned pregnancies happen despite birth control, and any pregnancy can become life-threatening. The forced birth movement (the ones that call themselves “pro-life” but care more about theoretical fetal life than actual born women’s lives) wants the government to take control of our bodies and use our uteruses against our will– something that amounts to slavery, and isn’t legal for any other body part. Kudos for hilighting the accomplishments of feminists so far, but there are bigger problems facing women today than how much women spend on cosmetics. Those women just need to have an honest talk with themselves. Reproductive freedom is a real legal issue.

  12. angiemonster says:

    G, the maandate is also specific to for profit church controlled agencies, like Catholic hospitals. Employees of the non profits still will have to pay out of pocket. And, as stated in the comment above, it isn’t free, it is covered half by the premium the employee pays and the other half is paid by the employer as part of compensation to the employee. It also has nothing to do with your wallet. Taxpayers are not responsible for footing this bill. Besides, what would you rather have, these employers and employees paying for birthcontrol, or you as a taxpayer paying for welfare for all the young and unprepaired mothers who got unwelcome pregnancies because they had no access to birth control? Guess which is cheaper?

  13. Debbie says:

    I think Gs real complaint is: its not just insurance companies paying for contraceptives. To stay competative, just about every employer pays in a certain amount for their employees health insurance with them (matchings). So yes, the law is forcing an employer to pay for something they morally could not concent to paying for. Anyways, I thank femenists for fighting for my right to wear spanx or other uncomfortable underwear if that’s what I want. I just wish modern feminists repected this. And along with Anonimom, I thank femenists for fighting for my right to choose to be a forever homeschooling SAHM, I just wish the majority of modern feminists saw value in my chose.

  14. Katie says:

    Let’s also work on improving family and parental leave benefits.

  15. Verbatim says:

    I don’t think you’re reading the statistics on Equal Pay correctly. Working mothers (whether they’re married or not) actually, on average, make less than either men or non-mothers. And single mothers have it worst of all. To me, this is the biggest thing for us to work on. There is too much discrimination against mothers in the workplace.

  16. Jessica says:

    OK…SO republican WOMAN should have no rights???? Excuse me! You should only have equal rights if you are an athiest liberal pro-abortion man hater?????!!! I am a woman and am republican, pro baby, and I love men! Especially my son, dad, fiance, and good friends! I should’nt have rights? Equal rights for all woman. I have the RIGHT to choose my political affiliation, my religion(BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN,got a problem with that, take it up with God) to give life to my children, and to not have to put up with hate that is being spewed here.
    I am very thankful for what out foresisters have done for us..BUT..the ultra feminazis have done tons of damage. Trying to push that we are like men w/ vaginas. Because of that, men don’t always hold doors open for us. They have no qualms using foul language in front of us. Why shouldnt they smack us around, arent we tough enough to take it…(just going with your theory that we are exactly the same as men) When was the last time a man tipped his hat to you and said, “afternoon maam”.
    And I also feel the need to say that it is not an employers duty to make sure you don’t get pregnant…you love to scream “ITS MY BODY!!!” so take care of your own business. If you choose to have sex, you be a grown up and get your own dang birth control. You all don’t want the government involved in your personl affairs, unless you think you can get something for free!!

  17. Matt says:

    The part about women’s pay not being equal has , for the most part, been disproven. Studies have shown that women on equal grounds make about 98.5 percent as much as their male counterparts.

    Large pay discrepensies happen because of a number of reasons. Mostly because women CHOOSE to earn less. Men are much more likeyly to be willing to work on holidays, weekend, nightshifts, over-time situations, filling in at the last-minute, and in hazardous conditions.

    Men are also significantly more open to the idea of transfering to a different branch of a company, volunteering for assignments needing travel, and other time-effecting events.

    All of these things usually require an employer to give extra wages.

    Other things men do include using fewer vacation and sick days per year (incredibly true if there is an option for “cashing out” vactation days while still getting paid for normal hours.) This will give an artificial boost to their yearsly earnings.

  18. again says:

    1. The new healthcare law takes away religious freedom. If you want to have free contraception through your work, don’t work for a Catholic hospital. How is it women’s right to demand people violate their consciences to provide them with something they can get for free at planned parenthood?

    Answer:
    First of all being a woman shouldn’t be a decision on where I work. That is the point of feminism.
    Secondly, healthcare at these institutions is not free. The employers pay a portion of the premium and the employee is responsible remainder including co-payments and deductibles. If someone is paying for a service they should be free to obtain the full range of services.
    Third and finally, if these institutions feel that they are violating an arbitrary moral code by prescribing a FDA approved drug, I suggest they get into a different line of business such as faith healing. One day they aren’t prescribing birth control, the next day gluttonous alcoholics aren’t receiving medication for cirrhosis, and the next day you didn’t convert to Catholicism (the first and only true region of Christ) so you get nothing. This is a dangerous slippery slope.

  19. Michelle says:

    oh, jessica, jessica. sorry but a man doesn’t have to tip his hat at me and call me ‘ma’am’ to make me feel better. sorry if this is what it takes to make you feel appreciated for being a woman.

  20. AK says:

    No doubt that these are historical changes in the course of history and these women should be thanked. But were they all Feminists??? Cut the crap you f***ing feminists.

  21. Felix says:

    I agree that women definitely need more right to choose what to do with their bodies. Pro-choice. I believe that, as the days tick by women will gain more rights. But for logic’s sake, working on global women’s rights is nothing that can be completed in the next 200 years. A culture of abuse and sub-servience that is placed on women in middle-eastern and some Esian countries is absurdly disillusioned, these people can’t just told to start being nice to their women, they don’t understand. Their religion and faith that ingrains their intolerance of women’s rights must be disproven first. Also, not every woman needs to be a feminist. Guys aren’t bad people. It will just take time, lots of time, but it will happen. In the words of Daniel Tosh,

    “Don’t get me wrong I’m all for woman’s rights, but you gotta understand that America is a fucking great country to be a woman in. It’s a great country to be #2 to men here, because in some countries, men are up here, and women are below house cat.”

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