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"History of Magic needs to teach more WITCH history and less WIZARD history."
—A female Hogwarts student states her belief that the History of Magic curriculum is too male-centric.[src]

Feminism is a set of related philosophies which hold that women should have political, social, and economic rights and opportunities equal to men's.[1]

The Witches' League was founded on 9 May, 1899, possible having roots in feminism. By 1992, its president was Lady Wimborne. Another witches' organisation, the Salem Witches' Institute, existed in the United States of America.

Minerva McGonagall was "always something of a feminist"[2] who refused to give up on her dream of a career outside of the home and insisted on being judged on merit. When she announced she would be keeping her maiden name after marrying Elphinstone Urquart, traditionalists reacted with disapproval, wondering why she did not want to take the surname of a pure-blood family and give up the surname of her Muggle father.[2]


Behind the Scenes

"Gender equality not only liberates women but also men from prescribed gender stereotypes."[1] - Emma Watson

  • Emma Watson is a self-described feminist who believes that feminism benefits both men and women. Emma believes in pay equity, opposes gender stereotypes and feels that "my body my choice" includes such personal decisions such as hair length.

Notes and references

  1. "Feminism on Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pottermore biography of Minerva McGonagall (transcription available here)

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