NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Many around the world recognized the contributions and importance of women Wednesday.
March 8th has been observed as International Women's Day since the 1900s.
East Texas News spoke with those who say the word feminism has been revived during a third wave of the feminist movement. Still, many feel its definition is misunderstood.
It's called a teach-in. Professors voluntarily talk for 30 minutes about topics important to women.
Dr. Lauren Burrow, a professor of elementary education at Stephen F. Austin State University, chose stereotypes of feminism.
"Feminism is simply the equality of the genders in economic, political and social areas," Burrow said. "It is not better than. It is not girls rule the world and men should serve."
So Burrow can truthfully say...
"I'm not a man hater," Burrow said.
She also pointed out men should be feminists, too.
"We're in this together," Burrow said. "The men, the women, the girls, the boys. It's about equality."
Yet science shows children as young as three show gender stereotypes. Some occur naturally, others are brought on by adults. In one Bible marketing push, boys are God's mighty warriors. Girls are God's little princesses.
"Differences are over estimated, exaggerated, said Flora Farago, a human sciences professor at SFA. "That's what research shows. Research also shows that similarities between the genders are underestimated."
Feminist movements have accomplished much, but a third feminist movement still has a lot to change.
"Many young women, I think, today don't realize these are fairly recent victories, so what I think we are doing in the modern women's movement is that we are building on those successes," said Dr. Randi Cox, a history professor at SFA.
Some women participated in A Day Without A Woman by taking a day off from work to demonstrate economic solidarity. Student Emily Miller said she prefers the Teach-in idea.
"It celebrates all of the things that we do and all the things that have changed for us over the years," Miller said.
And it gives reasons to say ...
"I'm a feminist and you should be, too," Burrow said.
Just a few minutes ago, a postcard writing gathering began. You can join a group writing messages concerning women's issues to their elected officials. They will be at SFA's Ferguson Building, room 372 until 8 p.m.