This is a fraught question, as a cursory glance at any discussion of the topic on social media or in a comments section quickly reminds us. However, if we examine the commitments of humanism, the answer to this question must be yes. Humanism is secular way of examining and living in the world; as humanists, we use rational means to evaluate our surroundings as we try to make it a better place to live in.
Without embracing feminism, we would be doing a poor job of that indeed. Women make up half of our population yet face inequality and prejudice that is firmly entrenched in our culture, history, and institutions. A rational outlook should show us this truth, but, as is often the case with social inequality that is systemic in nature, the facts are sometimes hidden from view. I will delve into the reasons for why feminism is sometimes rejected by professed humanists and explore how a rational outlook helps us to see injustices that women contend with; finally, I will demonstrate why a feminist stance is a natural outcome of applying humanist principles to our surroundings.
Elsa Roberts is co-president of Secular Woman, an organization for non-religious women, where she dedicates her time to fulfilling their mission of giving voice to the perspectives of secular women and advocating for their full rights and inclusion in society.