Individualist feminism, or ifeminism, advocates the equal treatment of men and women as individuals under just law. The core principle of individualist feminism is that all human beings have a moral and legal claim to their own persons and property, not to any sort of affirmative action policies or privileges. Because of this, it is sometimes also called libertarian feminism.
The original US group known as ifeminists is strongly associated with The Independent Institute, a libertarian group. Radical feminists often disapprove of this, because most of The Independent Institute's leading positions are filled by men, even though the actual ifeminist group is headed by women.
Feminism is a diverse collection of social theories, political movements, and moral philosophies, largely motivated by or concerning the experiences of women.
Feminism as a philosophy and movement in the modern sense is often dated to The Enlightenment with such thinkers as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and the Marquis de Condorcet championing women's education.
Feminism has effected many changes in Western society, including women's suffrage; broad employment for women at more equitable wages; the right to initiate divorce proceedings and the introduction of "no fault" divorce; the right to obtain contraception and safe abortions; and the right to university education.
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