The belief that men & women should have equal rights and opportunities. Organized activity in support of women"s rights and interests. A multi disciplinary approach towards equality based on social & performative constructions of gender & sexuality, politics that create power imbalances. A movement to achieve social & political change upon a basis of sec-equality in all human relations. Not only limited to women but race, sexuality etc . A continuing process where individuals learn & internalize values, knowledge, language, habits, customs, & social skills to conform to society. Everything we do has been taught; e. g. talking, acting, . they have been socially constructed. Knowledge is info, facts & theories which a society or culture defines what is true & important. Sexual diff is innate, inborn, persistent, & natural. Essentialist position: belief there is an immutable, external, and transhistorical essence of femaleness & maleness (lexicon of the debates) Determine who is responsible for providing financial and emotional support for children.