Since history, men and women have been treated differently. They have had their own set of gender rules and places defined for them. Man was considered intelligent and hence had the right to go out, learn and rule the world. Women were considered meek and were believed to be ideally placed in the household, nurturing children.
However, overtime, women were unhappy with this gender discrimination and wanted the right to go out and do what the men do. They hence launched a movement to fight for equal rights for women. This movement was known as the Feminist Movement.
The term ‘feminism’ refers to the collection of the various movements and ideologies that fight for equal rights for women. Feminism aims to ‘define, establish, and defend equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women.’ A feminist is a person who fights for these rights.
However, in common parlance a feminist or feminism in general has garnered a negative connotation, as pitting men against women. Feminism has become synonymous with ‘man-hating’. However, that is not the case. Feminism in its pure form wants the same rights for women that men already have, i.e. equal rights for men and women.