Are you a feminist?
I find that if you ask that question to a lot of women, in particular those women that are not in the workforce, they will reflexively and immediately answer "no." But I wonder why that is? The definition of feminism in the Merriam Webster dictionary is as follows: "(a) the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities; and (b) organized activity in support of women's rights and interests."
To be honest, it really bothers me that so many women, and in particular women in their 20s and early 30s think that feminism is irrelevant, or worse, it's an insult or somehow unfeminine to be called a feminist.
If you believe in "equal rights and opportunities", even if you don't plan to use all those opportunities, for yourself and your daughters/nieces/friends etc, then why aren't you proudly standing up and saying you are a feminist. I am!!
People will find fault with whatever decision and whatever reason we have for our decisions. I want my son to be married to a woman that does his laundry, cleans his house, cooks his meals and raises his kids. In return, I want my son to go to work every day and provide for that family. I don't think that has anything to do with feminism or woman's rights. And if this don't happen that way, that's okay too.
I'm in agreement. I applaud the women on this site for asking and answering questions in a mature manner.
When Ed gets home from work we work on our rental properties. We drywall, we paint, we do yardwork, etc..etc..etc. At home Ed takes care of everything outside. I take care of everything inside.
Before this life I managed my department at a group of radio stations. That was my life then and it's all I wanted. Having a baby changed that. This world is lacking mothers who take this position seriously enough. If I can show one child, my child, the importance of a mother's presence, I'm happy with the new life I have.
But again, I make no bones about anyone working outside the home. We all do what we need to do for our individual families.