One’s gender, race, ancestry, nationality, etc. have no role in the matter in favor of or against recognition of individual rights.

The original feminist movement as a “woman’s suffrage” movement to grant equal political rights for all individuals of the female gender (women) was (and still is) a worthy goal and entirely compatible with the individualist ideology underlying capitalism, i.e., right to vote for women, i.e., equal treatment before the law, i.e., a women’s right to an abortion, etc.

Women have equal political rights to men under capitalism. The reason females (individuals with the XX sex chromosome) have equal rights to males (individuals with the XY sex chromosome) is that though women are not men’s physical equals; mentally qua individuals, women are equal in their ability to reason with men, i.e., philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand, i.e., scientist Marie Curie, i.e., programmer Ada Lovelace, i.e., educational innovator Maria Montessori, etc.

The political concept of rights is based on the fact that the individual survives by use of reason, and the social requirement to use one’s mind is freedom from the initiation of physical force (and its corollary fraud). One’s gender, race, ancestry, nationality, etc. have no role in the matter in favor of or against recognition of individual rights.

The problem with some modern-day feminists is that they are basing women’s rights on collectivism, as opposed to individualism. Such feminists are basing their ideology, not on individualism, but on a form of collectivism known as sexism. These collectivist feminists as the state to grant them political privileges based on their sex, at the expense of the rights of others, that are not obtainable on the free-market, i.e., a free abortion paid for by taxpayers (a violation of their rights those forced to pay for the abortion they are opposed to) , i.e., preferential government-enforced hiring quotas based on sex (violates right of free association of employers), i.e., affirmative action based on gender in private business (sexism), i.e., government enforced equal pay rates in a private industry (violates freedom to contract).