Vastavam web: Feminism may have emerged as Merriam-Webster’s word of the year with women becoming more vocal about issues such as sexual harassment, but Priyanka Chopra believes most people still don’t understand what feminism actually is.There is more talk and less action in the area of gender equality, believes the 35-year-old star, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.For the actor, who has successfully crossed over to the American showbiz world with the television show “Quantico” and made her Hollywood debut with “Baywatch”, feminism is “not about superiority but equality”.
“I believe a lot of people still don’t understand the actual meaning of feminism. Feminism and empowerment are two words which people overuse, without even understanding the meaning properly.” Feminism for her, Priyanka stressed, is about women getting the opportunities that men have always enjoyed.”People are conditioned in a way that for them the only job a woman has is to give birth to babies or take care of the home. I am not denying that this is what makes women so special. We have this power to give life.
“But we are still judged for being ambitious. This kind of conditioning also stops girls from dreaming big. This is a disheartening situation,” she said.Tt will take take years for society to treat women as equal to men, but the shift in the mindset of the younger generation fills her with hope, she said.