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Feminism at its core is a concept of equality of men and women, not “being the same”. So many people argue that women are not the “same” as men so there can’t ever be equality. In other words, because their bodies are different, and because the genders have different physical capabilities, these physical differences mean equality is not possible.

It’s critical to understand that “same” does not mean imply “equal.” The issue here genders not having equal rights and equal access to opportunities.  Men and women don’t have to be the “same” to have the right to equality.

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Here’s an example of why: If there were two boys in a classroom, and one happened to be physically weaker and smaller than the other, would we believe it’s right to keep the weaker, smaller boy from having the same rights – to the teacher, learning, computers, to the books and class resources, to other children in the class — because he didn’t happen to have the same physical strength as the other boy?