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July 16 2009

IWF in the News: Carrie Lukas on the Modern Feminist Movement

Carrie L. Lukas

Feminists have a vision: To see men and women represented equally, in all disciplines and in all walks of life. They lament that women still assume disproportionate responsibility for housework and childcare, have lower levels of achievement in business and politics, and gravitate away from disciplines like math and science.

If you accept these assumptions, then something can - and indeed should - be done. So long as society is at fault, then the feminist vision can theoretically become reality by changing public education, creating government-subsidized daycare, encouraging more mothers to leave their children for the workforce, and many other measures that change society.

If, however, men and women's differences are not social constructs - if they are instead the product of innate, biological differences - then no amount of government intervention will create the feminist utopia. Indeed, if gender differences are natural, then the feminist idea of progress isn't progress at all, and their agenda makes men and women worse off by driving them away from their true preferences in pursuit of feminist fantasy.

Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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