Quite simply, feminism is about all genders having equal rights and opportunities.
“Imagine being a girl in a world where just 7% of FTSE 100 companies have a female CEO”. Where 10% of your schoolmates will miss class every single month because they don’t have access to period products, which are viewed as luxury items by many. Imagine worrying about being catcalled and sexualised every time you leave the house, in the knowledge that street harassment is completely legal and that littering is a more serious offence. Where men make up 75% of all suicides partly because they’re taught that vulnerability is feminine and therefore, a weakness. Imagine signing a petition to end the clearly sexist tampon tax in a bid to feel some power, and it taking 6 years and 8 months of hard campaigning to be taken seriously by the male politicians who ultimately run the country.
You don’t have to imagine too hard, because this is the world we live in today. We all need feminism if we are ever going to change that.”
– Laura Coryton, End Tampon Tax petition starter and co-founder of Sex Ed Matters.
And also let's think about remote countries, small towns or very religious families. In such places, the man is still considered the head of the family, and women are not respected by the male. Little girls in schools are still sexually abused by teachers and school administrators, and women cannot wear what they want.
So if anyone doubts the importance of feminism today, just look at the data.