Feminism is relevant in the 21st Century
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Firstly, I understand what you're saying about Pakistan and India but as we are talking about Western culture they aren't really relevant in this discussion.
Secondly, your point about women not being allowed to work, this kind of discrimination is against the law in pretty much all western nations (Europe, USA, Canada and Australia just to name a few) In fact, some companies have specific guidelines meaning they have to employ a certain number of females to their workforce.
Also, the majority of men do not believe it's a woman's duty to be a housewife, that idea has been thrown out since the nineties - female and male unemployment is relatively similar.
And when you say feminism is not relevant in western countries, you are talking about the modern people in these countries. There are still families who are very religious or, in a way, "old-fashioned" and still follow the gender discrimination where the men are the head of the families and that their decisions matter most. These cases are not looked at because the women themselves are too afraid to speak up on their behalf or they don't even know its wrong. Sometimes, religious beliefs and the laws clash and the women are just caught up in the middle or fear doing anything because it has been going on for generations in their family. They believe that there is no other way; that they are merely following in the other's footsteps. This does still happen in western countries. Maybe not in very modernised places like New York or Washington but in other less modern parts where everything is very traditional.
Another example is the percentage of women in politics. Only about 20% of women are in the political field when half the population is of women. The percentage has increased and yes there is a number of powerful women in politics but the ratio of men to women in politics is still not equal. The reason that it is even increasing is because feminists are trying to push for their rights. This is the time when it is important for women to continue to argue for their rights so that they will be equal. If these women are to stop at this point just when they are about to get what they want, all their hard work would go to waste. The time they stop should be the time when both genders are equal, not during this critcial point in time when women are just starting to get what they have been fighting for for so long.
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