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Equality feminism emphasizes similarities between men and women with the goal of equality across gender. The concept takes on the view that men and women are similar in intellect, reason, and cognitive ability. The term does not suggest that men and women should be treated the same entirely—especially because there are many differences between them. However, the concept purports that men and women be afforded the same rights and protections as human beings regardless of gender. In equality feminism, it is necessary that “normalcy” not be defined based on White, heterosexual, able-bodied, and economically privileged men.

Birth of Equality Feminism

Equality feminism was highly influenced by Mary Wollstonecraft’s 1792 essay, A Vindication of the Rights of Women. In this essay, Wollstonecraft argued that men and women were ...

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