My idea of feminism is this – women should not be held back just because of they are women.
If a woman wants to be a software engineer, she should not be held back from becoming the kind of software engineer she wants to be simply because she’s a woman.
If a woman wants to be a housewife, she should not be held back from becoming the kind of housewife she wants to be simply because she’s a woman.
Same goes for women who choose to be a prostitute, a chef, an athlete, to cover her body up, to not cover her body up, to wear a dress, to wear pants, to love men, to love other women, to burn a bra, to wear a bra…
You get the drift.
Moving from “women should stay at home” to “women should focus on their careers” merely shifts the oppression from one angle to another – it is hardly liberation.
Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.