This morning news raised a woman who sued her employer because she did not get the same pay as her co-workers in the same position. Fair enough, was my first thought as I automatically thought of the undeniable gender pay gap. BUT, this lady's salary (as her co-workers) were based on prior pay, which is a method used in some parts of the world to better determine salaries. It was not based on gender, but on prior experience and rewards - what is fundamentally wrong with that?
Well, nothing. In my opinion.
What is wrong about this is that she is portrayed as some kind of hero who stands up for women empowerment, in the article I believe to remember she even said that 'times are shifting, women standing up for themselves are rare'. That she sued your employer for what has its basis in shows that and I have different perceptions of 'women empowerment' and 'standing up for women'. She had the privilege to sue. The privilege a job, even. If I had it my way, these luxuries should be available for all women but they're not. If they were, I dare to so much promise the world that allegations from women would be far worse than a pay gap. Women are dying due to the mere fact that they are women, a fact we seem to neglect. So sue all you want, lady. That is not going to make us equal.
It is almost like feminism has become some sort of publicity stunt, and I would go as far as to say a trend. I love feminism, do not get me wrong, but I feel like my beloved ideology has taken a turn in the wrong direction. By no means do I advocate for feminists to go back to being stereotypically defined as this middle-aged, single and bitter woman, but we cannot forget to analyze how we (my generation, the ) define our feminist. We have t-shirts with what we call ' women empowerment quotes' and I do own a few on my own, but these are not going to solve our gender issues. A picture, a blog post (haha) or a social media feminist-page will not solve our issues if we don't combine them with action. I cannot shake the feeling that we are more concerned with the perception of calling oneself a feminist, than the actual meaning of it. And a shame, because if all my women out there posting these slogans and pictures would really join the fight, we would be unstoppable.